Walmart workers protest on the U.S.'s busiest shopping day of the year

"Walmart is more concerned about furthering its low-wage, McJobs agenda intended to line the pockets of company executives while their workers barely scrape by." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Ottawa (23 Nov. 2012) - As part of the ongoing campaign for fairness and dignity in the workplace, Walmart workers across the United States (U.S.) are staging protests on the country's busiest shopping day, known as Black Friday.

Walmart workers are organizing protests from coast to coast to protest low wages, lack of benefits, workplace harassment and union-busting tactics of their corporate employer. Similar protests have been taking place for months now but the November 23 protest is aiming to be the biggest and loudest yet. A major goal is to hit Walmart where it hurts the most - its bottomline.

OUR Walmart, is a campaign organized by employees across the U.S. to expose the bargain basement working conditions offered by this profitable company. Walmart associates are being asked to take the Black Friday pledge to join other Walmart members across the country by refusing to work as a way of protest against these continuous acts of retaliation against the workers "who speak out for better pay, affordable health care, improved working conditions, fair schedules, more hours and, most of all respect."

"Walmart's campaign of intimidation and threats against workers who are fighting for constructive change in the workplace is shameful," says James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). "Walmart is more concerned about furthering its low-wage, McJobs agenda intended to line the pockets of company executives while their workers barely scrape by."

"The 340,000 members of the National Union stand in solidarity with these workers on Black Friday and in their ongoing fight for respect, decent working conditions and dignity in the workplace."

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE