Black Friday: Holiday Solidarity

When many of us think of holiday stress we picture the rush to buy and prepare all the food for our visiting families; the cost and complications of travel to go away to family; the stress of shopping for holiday presents and the strain to our pocketbooks. You may have a roadmap already for your “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” shopping, in an attempt to alleviate post-holiday debt through the sales.

Workers in the retail, grocery, and restaurant industries have all those stresses and more; they wonder if they will even see their families on the holidays. Stores that open at midnight on Black Friday or even after Thanksgiving dinner, staying open late on Christmas Eve for those last-minute Santas, plus the higher influx of customers during this season, means longer and less predictable hours for workers, as well as tougher work on days that are set aside to be times of family gathering, vacation, and religious commitment.

Black Friday brings an opportunity to renew the effort to improve conditions for workers. Join with Walmart workers and affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice to press Walmart store managers and owners to treat their employees with dignity and respect.
Many protests and vigils will be held at Walmart stores around the United States, as concerned individuals and organizations deliver letters to store managers asking for higher wages and full-time employment for Walmart workers.

You can participate by signing and delivering  This Letter to a Walmart store near you. The letter can be tailored to your location and organization.
Mail a copy of your letter to: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Walmart Corporate Office Headquarters, 702 SW 8th St. Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611

Publicize your solidarity. Use #WalmartStrikers on Black Friday to post pictures outside of the stores with signage saying “We stand with Walmart workers.”

More resources, information, and suggestions HERE

 

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