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Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Historic Walmart Protests Nationwide



   Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Historic Walmart Protests
                                  Nationwide

Mary Kay Henry: "From this day on, 'Black Friday' should be remembered as a
pivotal day for working people at Walmart and everywhere."

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 23, 2012

RICHMOND, Calif., Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mary Kay Henry,
president of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union
(SEIU), issued the following statement as thousands of Walmart workers
nationwide walked off the job with the support of their communities on Black
Friday:

"Today's protests at Walmart stores across the country are a reminder of the
enormous power of working people uniting to demand a better future with a
living wage, affordable healthcare and respect on the job.  From this day on,
'Black Friday' should be remembered as a pivotal day for working people at
Walmart and everywhere.

"I was proud to stand today with Walmart workers like Misty Tanner, clergy and
community members in Richmond, California, who had the courage to call on
Walmart to do right by its employees and treat them with respect.  Despite
being fired a month ago after standing up to her store manager, Misty Tanner
stood up again today for other Walmart workers who are being intimidated,
retaliated against, and who cannot make ends meet, despite their hard work.

"This Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for courageous working people at
Walmart stores, airports and corporations everywhere who are rising up to
demand a living wage with benefits, respect, and a fair shot at the middle
class that every worker should have in the richest nation in the world.  It is
time for Walmart to take heed and stop putting profits ahead of the workers
who are critical to their success as the largest retailer in the United
States."

SOURCE Service Employees International Union

Website: http://www.seiu.org
Contact: Christopher Nulty, +1-202-538-1059, Christopher.Nulty@seiu.org
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