Walmart Strike Spreads – Walmart’s Retaliation Met with Defiance
Posted on October 9, 2012 by jway
We have just received exciting news that the Walmart strike that took place last Thursday has spread. Inspired by their coworkers strike in the Los Angeles-area, workers in the Dallas-area and Maryland went on strike this morning to protest Walmart’s attempts to silence workers who speak out for change. We have also received reports that individuals from around the nation are going on strike at their stores as well.
“I’ve been with Walmart for six years, and in that time, my co-workers and I have given our heart and soul to this company. Yet we have not gotten the respect we deserve. This past year I joined with thousands of other Associates to build OUR Walmart, an organization created to speak out against unfair working conditions such as poverty paychecks, disrespect, and erratic schedules,” explained Walmart Associate Venanzi Luna. “Instead of listening, Walmart has responded by trying to silence and retaliate against those who speak out. I went on strike at the Pico Rivera store to tell Walmart that their attempts to silence my coworkers won’t be tolerated. Now others are going on strike too. We’re not going to be intimidated.”
For close observers of Walmart news, this strike comes as no surprise. Discontent has been growing amongst workers for quite some time and has recently come to a head throughout the supply chain. The initial bold action of a store strike in Los Angeles has inspired workers in Dallas and around the nation. The workers, like their counterparts before them, are on strike to protest Walmart’s unlawful retaliation against workers who were speaking out for change.