Southern Oregon Walmart workers strike for raises, rights and protection from retaliation
Klamath Falls 11/26 RSVP Click Here
Medford 11/27 RSVP Click Here
Walmart Associates (workers) seeking higher wages will strike at their stores nationwide on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. Several Walmart workers in Southern Oregon will walk off their jobs to join the nationwide protests during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Associates want fair pay, respect and the end of retaliation that can happen whenever they speak out or act together. Discipline and firings must stop according to Federal Labor Law or the workers will have serious grounds for workplace complaints.
Associates are calling on Walmart to increase wages and to give them access to full-time hours. Walmart reports $16 billion in annual profits, while at the same time many of its workers are relying on public programs, including food stamps and health care assistance programs to help support their families. Walmart’s poverty employment drains our economy.
Associates want to raise the average hourly rate. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the average Walmart cashiers are paid $8.48 an hour. Workers also report that their schedules are often inconsistent, ranging widely in the number of hours they get, as well as the shifts they are required to work. This makes family budgeting nearly impossible and limits workers’ ability to either go to school or even find a second supplemental job.
Employees at more than 2,200 stores nationwide have signed petitions asking for $15 per hour and better working conditions. Last year on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving, holiday rallies were held at 1,400 Walmart stores, according to the labor group, OUR WALMART.
Earlier this month, police arrested 23 people outside a Los Angeles-area Walmart who were protesting the company’s low wages and its poor and discriminatory treatment of workers advocating for better working conditions.
In southern Oregon, Walmart workers from the Klamath Falls store will be participating in a three-day strike. They will be joined by community supporters from Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, local unions and a broad range of community supporters.
There will be a public rally at the Klamath Falls Walmart, 3600 Washburn Way on Wednesday Nov. 26 from 9 am to noon. For more information or to RSVP, Click Here. The Brain Labor Report on KSKQ.org will report live from the rally beginning at 09:00. A press conference with the workers starts at 11:30 am. On Thursday, Nov. 27 from 10 am to Noon the striking Associates will be at the south Medford Walmart Supercenter, 1360 Center Drive. For more information or to RSVP, Click Here. Another press conference will begin at 11:30 am Thursday.
For more information about the Klamath Falls and Medford rallies, call Wes at 541-482-6988 or email Brain@mind.net