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Boycott Walmart – support a living wage

November 21, 2012

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Yea, I know that Walmart is a colossal juggernaut of a company with billions and billions in revenue; they are the largest private employer in America with 1.4 million workers; and 4 of the 10 richest Americans are members of the Walton family who own Walmart – with a combined wealth in excess of $100 billion dollars.

It should also be noted that Walmart receives almost $2 billion in government tax subsidies; and it was reported last week that the government gave out almost $2.5 billion in food stamps to Walmart workers last year.

That, my friend, is just fucked up!

Yet the Waltons continue to crush any attempt by their staff to get more than a minimum wage. In fact, beginning in January, Walmart is slashing its contributions for staff healthcare by as much as 30%. The staff and their $9-an-hour jobs will either have to cover the difference themselves, or opt out of the coverage.

The Waltons have no qualms about closing entire stores if their staff even discusses the idea of unionizing.  

They routinely fire staff for talking about unions, or pay raises.

It appears, however, that the workers are now going to try to push back. This Friday – “Black Friday” – the consumer feeding frenzy that is the beginning of our collective Christmas gluttony – this Friday, Walmart staff are organizing more than 1,000 protests at stores across America.

They are asking that people stay at home, or shop somewhere else.

This is not to say that any of the other major department stores are much better when it comes to wages and healthcare – but organizers know they can only be responsible for their own issues.

So it’s Boycott Walmart – this Friday.

It’s a small token of support for the 1.4 million Walmart workers who earn poverty wages, while the Waltons earn billions.

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