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OUR Walmart Black Friday Protesters
Declare It Red Letter Day For Workers!
. Elaine Rosier, Walmart worker, Miami Florida
. Gabe Teneyuque, Walmart striker, St. Paul, Minnesota
. Secaucus, New Jersey Walmart worker allies
Walmart faced not only a throng of shoppers on Black Friday but what a union-backed group, Organization for Respect at Walmart, ("Our Walmart") said was the biggest wave of protests that the retailer had ever seen; 1,000 stores had demonstrations in 46 states, ranging from a few community supporters asking to talk with store managers about raising wages to raucous demonstrations in California, New Jersey and Washington that each attracted hundreds of people. "In its 50-year history, Wal-Mart has never seen strikes like those we're seeing today," said Lynsey Kryzwick, a spokeswoman for OUR Walmart, which works closely with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. "It will be hard for Wal-Mart to ignore all these workers and their allies calling for change at Wal-Mart from improving the low wages and unfair working conditions to fighting retaliation. Our Walmart, has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that Wal-Mart had violated federal laws against intimidating workers who seek to strike or otherwise protest by saying there could be consequences in the form of dismissals, demotions or reduction in work hours.
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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