10 Walmart Protesters Arrested In Washington, D.C.
Union organizers up the ante and issue an ultimatum to Walmart.
"Enough is enough. We cannot wait any longer for Walmart to do what's right for its workers and our families and all of our communities," recently fired Walmart worker Barbara Collins said in an OUR Walmart press release. According to salary information website Glassdoor, the average hourly wage for a Walmart sales associate is $8.86 an hour. Walmart has a total of 2.2 million workers.
The Nation, quoting union organizers, said that some 50 workers have been fired or disciplined by Walmart for their activism. But in an emailed statement, Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg said, "no associates were disciplined for participating in any specific protests."
Formed two years ago, OUR Walmart garnered its most headlines for the protests it organized on the retail industry's so-called Black Friday 2012, when 30,000 people protested outside Walmart stores throughout the country, according to the group. And as AOL Jobs has reported, protesters have begun to adopt an array of creative tactics to try and demand an improvement in conditions. In June, activists crashed Yahoo's shareholders' meeting to ask company CEO and Walmart board member Marissa Mayer to advocate for Walmart workers. (She deflected the request from fired Walmart worker Vanessa Ferreira, and instead gave her the business card of an assistant to help her set up a meeting.)
And just this week, a group of activists flocked to a racetrack Laguna Seca, Calif. to organize a protest. What brought them there? Company chairman Robert S. Walton was spending the day racing his Maserati, Ferrari and two other cars. In total, the cars are valued at $16 million.
(h/t The Nation)
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