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Wal-Mart workers’ strikes & protests this Black Friday

“Demonstrators call for higher wages at one of 1,500 Black Friday protests planned at Walmarts across the country, in Los Angeles, Nov. 29, 2013. The retailer filed trespassing injunctions in California and four other states to bar protesters from Walmart property.” (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)

“Is Walmart the World’s Worst Corporation?”

“That was the question posed last week by Public Eye, a counter-event to the World Economic Forum, as it sought a worthy winner for its ‘lifetime achievement award.'”

“But time may be finally running out for Walmart’s business model based on poverty wages, poor conditions and worker intimidation. The company’s workers and their supporters will engage in strikes and protests on Black Friday at 1,600 retail stores across the country, including at stores in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, DC. And criticism is spreading. At a congressional briefing last week, Rep. George Miller (D-California) excoriated Walmart’s employment practices for ‘singlehandedly wreaking havoc on American families . . . making it impossible for hundreds of thousands of workers to have a shot at the American Dream.'”

Walmart easily deserves the title of the country’s worst corporation, and by wreaking havoc on the lives of its employees and supply-chain workers worldwide, it must also be a strong contender for Public Eye’s award for the worst corporation in the world,” by John Logan, Truthout.
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Editor’s note:
Yelm has been forever changed by the arrival of one of their superstores here! Many of this town’s former businesses have shuttered or left, including QFC and locally-owned Yelm Hardware.

Posted by Steve on November 28, 2014 at 6:12 am | Permalink

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