As Black Friday Approaches and Walmart Warehouse Workers Strike, Walmart Workers from Stores and Warehouses to Announce Black

  As Black Friday Approaches and Walmart Warehouse Workers Strike, Walmart
  Workers from Stores and Warehouses to Announce Black Friday Protest Plans

  National Leaders to Discuss their Support for Strikes, Protests and Online

Business Wire

-- November 14, 2012

On a media call this Thursday, workers from Walmart stores and warehouses will
announce their plans for protests, strikes and online actions leading up to
and on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Walmart workers, many of whom are being forced to miss the Thanksgiving
holiday with their families because of Walmart’s early sales on Thanksgiving
day, held the first-ever strikes against the mega-retailer in October for its
attempts to silence workers who speak out for change. With national leaders
who were part of protests at more than 200 stores on October 10, the group
committed to a wide range of non-violent activities leading up to and on Black
Friday, including rallies, flash mobs, direct action and other efforts to
inform customers about the illegal actions that Walmart has been taking
against its employees.

Striking warehouse workers, who move billions of dollars of merchandise for
Walmart, will join the call to speak about the retaliation they have
experienced for speaking out against unsafe working conditions, including
extreme temperatures, broken and unsafe equipment and inadequate access to
clean drinking water. The workers from the Inland Empire, outside of Los
Angeles, held a 15-day strike that included a six-day, 50-mile pilgrimage for
safe jobs in September.

National leaders will join the call to discuss their support of Walmart
workers. Watch a video from Walmart workers on why they’re standing up and
follow the conversation on Twitter: #WalmartStrikers.

WHAT:             Media Call to Announce Black Friday Protests

WHO:              Striking Walmart warehouse workers
                  Walmart workers from stores across the country
                  National supporters, to be confirmed

WHEN:             Thursday, November 15 at 12:30 pm EST/9:30 am PST

CALL-IN NUMBER:   1.800.434.1335 Conference Code: 681923#

Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our
economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by the United Food &
Commercial Workers (UFCW), we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union
members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations,
women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and
ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of
our country.


Making Change at Walmart
Dawn Le, 202-549-6798
Lynsey Kryzwick, 646-200-5311
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