Last week, a handful of Walmart workers from Maryland and Texas went out on an impromptu strike. After gathering in Washington, D.C. to meet with their growing coalition of organizational allies and to hold a lobbying day on the Hill, OUR Walmart members received word that Walmart was once again attempting to silence and intimidate its workers.
In 2012, Walmart workers who are members of OUR Walmart experienced intimidation and retaliation, which led to the Black Friday strikes. This intimidation is not only continuing, but is now taking on new forms. Workers around the country reported being pulled into store meetings, where managers lied to them claiming that 1) OUR Walmart no longer exists as an organization, 2) the Black Friday strikes were illegal and 3) anyone who speaks about OUR Walmart will be fired.
The truth is that OUR Walmart not only exists, but is growing faster than ever. The actions taken on Black Friday were lawful and workers who engage in such protest actions are legally protected. Moreover, it is illegal for Walmart to threaten its workers for exercising their legal right to come together with other workers for change.
Calling for an end to Walmart’s lies and tactics of intimidation, Colby Harris from Texas led a set of workers from a Maryland Walmart out on a one day strike. Additionally, OUR Walmart filed a formal charge with the National Labor Relations Board. Community members can support the OUR Walmart campaign by signing their petition here.