Workers, Community Escalate Calls on Walmart to Reinstate Illegally Fired Workers During Week of National Actions
Last week, Walmart workers joined by community members from throughout the nation escalated its calls on Walmart to reinstate the illegally fired Walmart employees who went on a legally protected unfair labor practice strike to call on Walmart to end the illegal violation of employee’s labor rights and freedom of speech.
In Southern California, more than 100 protestors demonstrated in front of the Walmart store in Lakewood, California, while a delegation of clergy members and illegally fired Walmart workers talked to management at that store calling on them to reinstate Walmart employees who were unfairly fired for going on strike. All across the US, similar actions took place during the week including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Washington DC, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Last month, members of the worker-led Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) held a nationwide strike and “Ride for Respect” caravan protesting Walmart’s unfair labor practices (ULP), which took them on a bus ride to Walmart’s headquarters in Arkansas, leading up to Walmart’s June annual shareholder meeting. While in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart workers protested outside of the company’s headquarters calling for an end to its attempt to silence workers.
In response Walmart has illegally disciplined or fired more than 60 Walmart workers. Workers refuse to be silenced and continue to call for change at the world’s largest private employer.
You can see photos of the week’s events at ChangeWalmart.Tumblr.com