June 05, 2013 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS Workers strike to end illegal retaliation, begin "Rides for Respect" to Walmart HQ

Last week, workers at Walmart stores across the country walked off the job, beginning the first ever "prolonged strikes" in the history of the immensely profitable company. Like the Black Friday strikes of last November, which ColorOfChange members supported, these strikes are a response to consistent management retaliation towards workers attempting to organize for better working conditions. Walmart is notorious for keeping wages low and denying workers full-time or even regular hours.

Around 100 of the striking workers have joined OUR Walmart's "Rides for Respect." Inspired by the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement, workers from across the country joined caravans to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas this week. The workers are joining labor and civil rights leaders to call national attention to Walmart's unfair labor practices ahead of the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday.

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December 06, 2012 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down Walmart's labor practices

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On her Sunday show, Melissa Harris-Perry took up the issue of the WalMart Black Friday strikes for several segments. In this clip, she breaks down the great disparity that seems to be at the center of Walmart's economic practices. These practices have won the Walton family the #6, #7, #8 and #9 slots on the Forbes Top 100 list, but left their workers with substandard pay and working conditions.

MHP puts it into perspective: "The Walton family's wealth is nearly equal to that of the bottom half of all Americans combined."

ColorOfChange joins WalMart workers in their fight for dignified employment. Listen to MHP and her panel discuss how this growing movement could dramatically change the lives of workers everywhere.

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December 04, 2012 / BY JOHNNY MATHIAS Rashad Robinson: Is Walmart a modern-day Scrooge?

Just a few weeks after Walmart workers across the country walked off the job on Black Friday, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson wrote in The Root about how Walmart must start treating workers fairly if the company wants to avoid becoming a modern-day Scrooge:

"At the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge learns the importance of treating people well, and if Wal-Mart ever hopes to be embraced as a good company, it needs to learn the same lesson. Wal-Mart can start by ensuring that their own employees work reasonable hours, have adequate health care and can support their families. That's why it's so important that Wal-Mart's board meets with workers and listens to their stories, their concerns and their needs. That is where everyday people, through raised voices and consumer advocacy, can have a real impact. Because until we do, the one thing you won't find in Wal-Mart's aisles is justice for workers."

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November 27, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Democracy Now! covers historic Black Friday Walmart strike

Yesterday Democracy Now! aired a segment on the historic Walmart Black Friday strike. Last Friday — on the busiest shopping day of the year — workers and their supporters protested Walmart's abusive employment pratices at more than 1,000 store locations. Although Walmart's Black Friday sales reportedly brought in substantial profits for the company, the strikes successfully sent Walmart a powerful message about demanding fair wages and treatment — and we're just getting started.

Please take a few moments and join us by calling Chairman of the Board Rob Walton to demand he meet with Walmart workers and improve working conditions for all employees. Our script helps make the call easy. 

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November 22, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL Looking for a Walmart Black Friday protest?

For the first time in Walmart's 50-year history, workers are speaking out about endemic worker abuse and low wages. This Friday — Black Friday — workers across the country plan to strike to protest poor working conditions if Walmart refuses to come to the table to meet with workers who are demanding respect.

Support this historic movement for workers' rights — check out the CAN Action Center's list of Black Friday strikes and stand with workers in your neighborhood.  

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November 20, 2012 / BY LYLA BUGARA Demos releases report confirming benefits of retail wage increase

Leading public policy research organization Demos recently released a report confirming the benefits of a retail wage increase. According to "Retail's Hidden Potential," if retail giants such as Walmart that employ more than 1,000 workers were to increase the average salary to $25,000, the positive ramifications would reverberate throughout society. Here are a few of the report's highlights:

  • Increasing the wage floor to $25,000 would affect 5 million workers, and lift 734,075 people and their families out of poverty.
  • The increased wages would cost retail giants only 1% of their profit.
  • The new wage floor would create anywhere from 100,000 to 132,000 new jobs and increase GDP by at least 11.8 billion.

Read the full report here. And after you're done, join us in supporting Walmart workers in the fight for good jobs and a decent working environment.

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November 18, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL Why are we standing up to live better?

This year Walmart workers and community allies, like ColorOfChange.org, are coming together to stand up for good jobs and a decent working environment. As the nation’s largest private employer, Walmart has made the choice to pay paltry wages at an average of $8.81/hour or $15,576/year.  Over the years, Walmart has fought efforts by associates to improve the conditions by firing workers and cutting back hours.

Join us today — take a few moments to place a call to Chairman of the Board Rob Walton to demand he meet with Walmart workers and improve working conditions for all workers. Our script helps make the call easy.

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November 14, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL This Thanksgiving, stand with Walmart workers

Today, ColorOfChange launched a campaign calling for the Board of Directors of Walmart to stop retaliation and to meet with workers about better pay and working conditions. For over a year Walmart retail workers have been calling for the company to address issues with scheduling, benefits, wages, safety and respect in the workplace. Until now, the company’s response has been swift and retaliatory— attempting to silence workers by imposing unfair disciplinary actions, cutbacks on hours and even firings.

Walmart workers are calling for a massive strike on the retail industry’s most important shopping day of the year— Black Friday. Join us and support Walmart workers. Read the email we sent to our members after the jump and be sure to take action here.


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October 12, 2012 / BY AIMÉE CASTENELL Walmart: Always Low Wages

For the first time in its fifty-year history, retail workers at Walmart have gone on strike at stores in a number of cities across the country to protest illegal attempts to silence their employees. For over a year Walmart retail workers have been calling for the company to address issues with scheduling, benefits, wages and respect in the workplace. Instead of responding to their workers, the Walmart corporation has lashed out against those who dared to speak up by imposing unfair disciplinary actions, cutbacks on hours and even firings. 

October 10 was called as a National Day of Action to support the striking retail workers at Walmart. ColorOfChange stands in solidarity with these workers who are demanding a fair wage and protection from retaliation and wage discrimination.

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