FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jorge Amaro, (202) 412-4998
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
BAY AREA WALMART WORKERS TO STRIKE
ON THANKSGIVING AND BLACK FRIDAY
WHAT: Walmart workers on strike against company’s continuing retaliation against workers for speaking out
WHO: Walmart workers, community leaders, and other allies rally in support of striking Walmart workers
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, November 22, 2012
8 P.M., 15555 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro
Friday, November 23, 2012
7 a.m.., 2701 North Texas Street, Fairfield
9 a.m.., 1400 Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond
12 p.m., 777 Story Road, San Jose
4 p.m., 15555 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro
Visuals: Crowd of striking Walmart workers, clergy, and community groups chanting, singing, dancing, and carrying signs reading: “Stand Up, Live Better, Stop Retaliation.”
BACKGROUND: Following the first-ever strikes in Walmart’s history, Walmart workers’ frustration around the attempts to silence workers is continuing to build as Black Friday approaches. Walmart has refused to address concerns that are affecting 1.4 million workers across the country and also attempted to silence its employees who speak out for improvements such as cutting hours, schedule reduction, and even firings.
Walmart workers in the Bay Area have been calling on Walmart to address the issues of low take-home pay, safety and security at their store and understaffing that is keeping workers from receiving sufficient hours and is also hurting customer service. Bay Area stores have a history of violence, especially during the Black Friday sales. In the last month, there have been multiple attempted robberies at the San Leandro store. Last year during Black Friday, a customer was shot outside the same store while walking back to his car with his family. Many other workers are also speaking out against the early start of Black Friday sales, which will keep many of them from being able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The Black Friday actions in the Bay Area will be one of nationwide rallies, flash mobs, direct action and other efforts to inform customers about the illegal actions that Walmart has been taking against its employees.
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country.