Black Friday Protests Review

For more than two years, OUR Walmart members and community allies have been at the forefront of the movement challenging Walmart to change in order to better communities, the lives of workers and the American economy. Walmart workers have publicly shared their stories about working for the world’s largest private employer. Through their actions in November and on Black Friday, community members and Walmart workers boldly declared they are tired of the Walmart economy and Walmart’s attempts to silence workers by firing and disciplining those who speak out.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the OUR Walmart community, the 2013 Black Friday actions were even bigger than before. Building on the momentum from actions in the past year, tens of thousands of OUR Walmart members and community supporters held protests across the country on Black Friday. Hundreds of thousands more joined by taking action online.

By taking action, OUR Walmart members are speaking out for changes that will protect their right to speak out, improve customer service and create better jobs for themselves, their families and for our country. Even in the face of Walmart’s aggressive anti-worker campaign, OUR Walmart members are speaking out for 1.3 million workers at the company, most of whom are not even earning $25,000 a year.

“During Black Friday, workers stood together and we called on Walmart do better. We aren’t calling for much—a minimum full-time yearly wage of $25,000 and the assurance that we can stand up for what’s right without being targeted,” said Vanzel Johnson a 2-year Walmart worker in Lancaster, TX.

OUR Walmart 2013 Black Friday actions began with a strike on November 6th in Los Angeles and continued throughout the month, culminating in nationwide actions on Black Friday. The 2013 Black Friday actions demonstrated how workers and the community are standing up in record numbers and the calls for Walmart to change will only continue to grow.

“It is an incredible experience to stand with my co-workers and members of my community. I know that together we are stronger and with the support of each other in OUR Walmart, we can make the changes that workers and the economy desperately need,” Johnson said.

By challenging Walmart on Black Friday, OUR Walmart workers sent a clear message that the time has come for the company to change. The Walmart model hurts workers and their families and the Waltons and Walmart executives need to recognize that it is time to work together to make better choices for a better America.

  • Tom P Noonan

    on Christmas day make Walmart join the Union right of away and right now please. by make Walmart give all Walmart Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now.

    Thank You Very Much
    From Tom P Noonan

  • floridanativee

    Last year, Our Walmart claimed 30,000 employees joined the picket lines. Wal-Mart itself put the number at about 125 actual working employees. I wonder what the claims will be this year, I know Wal-Mart indicated that they had more shoppers this year, but they spent 3% less than previously. I think that is across the retail sector though and related to the Obama recession., I did see several online, several former employees who were participating. Most of the picketers (not a legal strike) were union workers many of which were being paid.

  • Laura Washere

    I have been to many protests and, while its is fun to carry signs and yell chants, I often end up feeling like nothing is really accomplished. So, I have this experiment I want to try to see what would happen if Walmart protesters split up and individually filled up carts and abandoned the carts throughout the store. I figure that just 40 protesters, filling 6 carts each in an hour, could tie up 240 carts. What do you think Walmart would do? How would the employees feel about the extra work? The law would require that they be paid, right? It seems to me that since one of the things that the employees want is increased hours, this could be considered an advantage, yes?