Monday, November 24, 2014

'My name is Jim Hoffa and I support Walmart workers'

Jim Hoffa supports Walmart workers. Do you?
Today Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa stood in the Teamsters lobby inWashington, D.C., and held up a sign saying he supports Walmart workers.

That's exactly what Walmart workers want you to do this Black Friday. They'd like you go to a Walmart, stand in front of it and hold up a sign saying you support them. They expect protests at 1,600 stores around the country to protest Walmart's retaliation when they speak out. It's a scary thing to do, and seeing pictures of their supporters will give them courage.

Walmart workers make so little money many of them can't feed their families, according to a report released last week. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the report's author, Michele Simon, said,
...49 million people suffer from hunger in this country, not because of unemployment, but because of low-wage work. She said as the nation's largest employer, Walmart bears much of the blame for putting business practices into place that have ultimately led to fewer working Americans being able to feed their families.
Walmart's owners, the Walton heirs, have more wealth than 42 percent of the United States.Just recently in Oklahoma, a Walmart store actually put out a food bin to collect canned goods for its hungry employees. An Ohio Walmart did the same thing last year.

Today, Walmart strikers placed a giant food bin to Alice Walton's $25 million condo. They said they want a raise, not charity.
No thank you, Alice.
Here's where the Waltons' spend their money: buying political influence.  Demos reported the Walton heirs spent $7.3 million in campaign contributions between 2000 and 2014, "adding their vast wealth to the political resources of Walmart’s campaign and lobbying efforts." (You'd think they'd feel a little guilty and give that money to charity...)

It's simple to join the Black Friday Protests. Just go to to find an action near you. Bring a sign and a cellphone, and take a selfie. Post it to your Facebook page or send it to the Facebook page of the Walmart workers organization, Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).