Sunday, November 24, 2013

Making Change at Walmart

Making Change at Walmart, a coalition of Walmart associates, small business owners, religious leaders and other members of the community that are fighting to make change at the nation's largest employer, it was announced that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will prosecute Walmart for its "widespread violations of its workers’ rights." The decision will provide additional protection for Walmart’s 1.3 million employees when they are speaking out for better jobs and working conditions. 

The coalition was advised Monday that the NLRB ‘s General Counsel  is prepared to prosecute a complaint against Walmart for illegal firings and disciplinary actions involving more than 117 workers, including those who went on strike last June.

The decision addresses allegations of threats by managers and the company’s national spokesperson discouraging workers from striking and illegal disciplinary actions against workers who were on legally protected strikes. Workers could win back pay, reinstatement and the reversal of disciplinary actions as a result of the decision; and Walmart could be required to inform and educate all employees of their legally protected rights.  

The movement is now sweeping across the nation, most recently in Seattle and Chicago....the message is clear: Walmart workers are tired of the retailer's low wages, unpredictable work hours and unjust retaliation against workers. Many workers make as little as $12,000 a year for working 32 hours a week. 

hat has started a series of chain-reaction protests is the "Black Friday creep" that Walmart started last year, deciding to begin Black Friday on Thanksgiving day rather then the following day. This led to an uproar by workers, leading many to take to the internet in protest, looking for support from the community.

The Rochester Labor Council, along with community friends and allies are planning to leaflet 3 Walmart locations in our area:

Walmart Supercenter 2859
November 29, 2013 • 11:00 AM
2150 Chili Ave ROCHESTER, NY 14624

November 29, 2013 11:00 AM
1902 Empire Blvd.

Walmart Supercenter 
November 29, 2013 11:00 AM
1200 Marketplace Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623 (Henrietta)

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