|Walmart sit-down strikers today.
Strike fever is spreading among low-wage workers fed-up with poverty, wage theft and retaliation for trying to form a union. The tactic of short, sudden strikes started in New York City several years ago has spread throughout the nation.
The Walmart sit-in is the day's most recent development. The Crenshaw store workers chanted, "Stand up, live better. Sit down, live better!" It is the first sit-down strike in Walmart history. Watch a livestream of the Walmart action here.
Making Change at Walmart tells us:
OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, has placed tape over their mouths signifying the company’s illegal efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. Even as the mega-retailer brings in $16 billion in annual profits and Walmart’s owners build on their $150 billion in wealth, the majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year...
To date, workers at more than 2,100 Walmart stores nationwide have signed a petition calling on Walmart and the Waltons to publicly commit to paying $15 an hour and providing consistent, full-time hours. After taking the petition to members of the Walton family, supporters committed to returning to stores on Black Friday if jobs aren’t improved by then.
|Striking federal contract workers.
|The Teamster-supported port drivers strike.
A court recently ordered two port drivers to return to work at Green Fleet Systems as employees after they were fired for challenging their misclassification as independent contractors. But since the last strike in July, 35 drivers were fired for refusing to withdraw their wage and hour claims. Drivers have experienced a dramatic increase in wage theft, leaving some drivers owing the company for driving for them.
The port strikes are expected to continue.