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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

While we’re giving thanks tomorrow …

...let’s take a moment to think about the workers at Walmart who will be out on a picket line on Friday  - or forced to work on Thanksgiving night – while we enjoy our time with friends and family.  AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy Blog has been spotlighting the campaign for justice at Walmart.  Check out these two recent posts.  This one offers and overview of the campaign, and how all of us can help:

This Friday, the nation’s biggest shopping day, thousands of Americans will be calling on Walmart to improve working conditions at its stores and warehouses. The Black Friday day of action is the culmination of a wave of worker activism that started in October with an historic walkout in Los Angeles.

As the recent recession accelerated the growth of the part-time economy, the opposition to Walmart’s practices takes on renewed relevance. Walmart sets an industry standard by creating part-time positions with low wages, unaffordable benefits, erratic scheduling, and unsafe workplaces.

And there’s more about the campaign in this guest blog from Erica Smiley, Campaigns Director for Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work

Walmart Can Change Its Ways — if We Make Them

Good jobs are the cornerstone of a strong, healthy economy.  A good job is one where workers have collective bargaining rights, employment security, and wages and benefits that allow their families to enjoy a decent standard of living.  Thus, organizing to transform the economy means organizing to transform work into permanent, secure jobs where workers have dignity and respect.

The many complaints against Walmart include widespread discrimination against women.  The current protests are needed in part because the Supreme Court failed the women of Walmart when they ruled against them in a class-action suit.  The Walmart case is among those featured in AFJ’s documentary Unequal Justice: The Relentless Rise of the 1% Court.

On Tuesday, Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice and American Rights at Work will discuss the Walmart campaign at the formal premiere of Unequal Justice in Washington.  She’ll be part of a panel that also includes AFJ President Nan Aron, Pam Gilbert, former executive director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice.  The event is free, and there’s still time to register here.

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