Today, Wal-Mart workers in 15 cities across the US are gathering to protest low wages, poor working conditions, and alleged retaliation by the company against workers who participated in federally-protected strikes. FSRN’s Noelle Galos reports from Washington, DC.
Wal-Mart employees began walking off the job in protest last year, culminating in a Black Friday action that drew thousands of workers and their supporters. But organizers say the multi-national company has retaliated.
Former Wal-Mark associate Tonya C., who asked that her last name be withheld because of an unrelated legal matter, was fired from her position at a Laurel, Maryland location.
“They retaliated against me and fired me illegally, to keep me from speaking and telling stories.”
To date, Wal-Mart has denied that it behaved inappropriately.
In June, Wal-Mart workers gathered at the company headquarters in DC. Protesters carried more than 180,000 petitions, but were blocked from entering the building, leading to a sit-in and the arrest of 10 people.
Organizers with OUR Wal-Mart are billing today’s national action as the largest since Black Friday. They say police arrested three workers in New York City this morning. Noelle Galos, FSRN, Washington, DC.
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