Close on the heels of an unprecedented sit-down strike at Walmart in Los Angeles, a coalition of labor and community organizations will join the growing nationwide movement for a living wage and full-time work at America’s largest private employer, with strikes set to paralyze company stores on Black Friday.
Coalition members will be among tens of thousands of people demonstrating at more than 2,200 Walmart locations across the country and calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour for Walmart workers; access to consistent, full-time work; and an end to gender discrimination in regard to pay and promotions.
In one protest in Northern California, the local organizations—among them the North Bay Jobs with Justice alliance, Unite Here Local 2850, the North Bay Labor Council and the Sonoma County chapter of the National Organization for Women—will advocate for the right of Walmart workers to organize and will oppose the proposed expansion of a Walmart store in the city Rohnert Park.
On Nov. 14, the day after Walmart workers participated in an unheard-of sit-down strike at two Los Angeles store locations, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, a group of Walmart employees backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, called for a nationwide strike against the retailer on November 28.
Black Friday 2014 will mark the third year in a row Walmart employees around the country have walked off the job during the biggest shopping day of the year.
OUR Walmart has pointed to the company’s implementation of a new scheduling system to pick up open shifts and its public commitment to raise the wages of its lowest paid employees as signs that its mobilizations are already having on impact on the country’s largest retailer.