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The Walmart Black Friday Protest Ain't What It Used To Be

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.27.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- On the morning of Black Friday, a D.C. cop stood along the brick facade of a downtown Walmart and pulled leisurely on a cigarette. Ther...

The High Cost of Fighting for $15

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Raises would, of course, cost these billion-dollar corporations something. More costly, though, is the price paid by minimum-wage workers who have not received a raise in six years. Even more dear is what these workers have paid for their campaign to get raises. Managers have harassed, threatened and fired them.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Rudy López | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Rudy López

Workers across low-wage industries have chosen to stand together to call for better working conditions, benefits and a living wage, the faith community is called to follow their courageous example.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart To Employees: Relax, The Minimum Wage Is Going Up! | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business

Last year, the worker group OUR Walmart began circulating petitions in Walmart stores calling for a $15 minimum wage and consistent, full-time hours f...

Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Kicking off the third consecutive year of protests, Walmart workers in six states have formally submitted strike notices to their bosses...

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Why I'm Standing with Walmart Workers This Black Friday

Carol Joyner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Carol Joyner

The workers who help Walmart make unimaginable profits in turn receive poverty wages, unaffordable health care and irregular schedules, including hours kept at part-time as a way of denying access to paid sick days.

Our Everyday Food Worker Heroes

Joann Lo | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Joann Lo

These days, super heroes are all the rage, it seems. Most have supernatural powers to do good in the world. But we have people in our food system who don't need super powers to do good in the world -- they're our everyday food worker heroes.

Dave Jamieson

Elizabeth Warren Hosts Walmart Workers On Capitol Hill | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As they try to rally support for legislation aimed at improving low-wage jobs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. George Miller (D...

Walmart Workers Win New Policies; Will They Extend to Workers Down Walmart's Supply Chain?

Joann Lo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Joann Lo

These victories are a step in the right direction. So now the question is, will Walmart also require their suppliers to institute these same policies -- and more?

Workers Are Leading the Fight Against Income Inequality

Joe Hansen | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Joe Hansen

While Congress continues to block President Obama's effort to increase the federal minimum wage, workers have taken the lead in tackling income inequality by sticking together and challenging big corporations to change the way they do business.

Jillian Berman

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals Walmart's Anti-Union Strategy | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Walmart is pushing back against labor groups by providing managers with talking points to discourage workers from joining up, internal documents revea...

A Walmart Thanksgiving, by Charles Dickens

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Walmart's wages and employment practices can rightfully be described as "Dickensian." What, we wondered, would the Victorian author make of this latest development?

Walmart Workers Will Make History on Friday as America Confronts Growing Inequality

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Black Friday rallies and demonstrations represent a dramatic escalation of the growing protest movement among employees of America's largest private employer. But they also represent the vanguard of a sharp challenge to the nation's widening economic divide.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Broke Labor Law, Feds Charge | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The federal agency that enforces labor law said Monday it has decided to pursue charges against Walmart for threatening and punishing wo...

Walmart Workers and Allies Protest, But Where Was the L.A. Times?

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

If you want a good deal on a flat-screen TV, you can read about Walmart's pre-Christmas sale in the Los Angeles Times. But if you want to learn how Walmart's poverty-wage workers in the region will be coping with this year's holiday season, don't look for it in L.A.'s paper of record.

Kathleen Miles

Biggest Civil Disobedience Against Walmart In History | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

Surrounded by about 100 police officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling above, more than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in dow...

Kathleen Miles

Walmart Worker Brings Demands Directly To Obama | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.08.2013 | Business

One Walmart worker says she's had enough with the company's "poverty wages" and is taking her grievances straight to the top -- to President Barack Ob...

Dave Jamieson

Most Walmart Store Workers Didn't Even Earn $25,000 Last Year | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.24.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As they seek to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, House Democrats joined a group of Walmart employees on Cap...

Walmart: Equal Exploitation of Gays and Straights

Lucas Handy | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Lucas Handy

I like the symbolic value of the nation's largest employer pledging that it won't continue to discriminate when it comes to health benefits, but here's the bad news: In the real world a majority of Walmart workers -- gay and straight alike -- still won't have affordable health coverage or living wages.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Workers Detained During Protest Over Labor Practices | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Ten current and former Walmart workers and two organizers were ticketed by police outside the retailer's Washington, D.C., office on Thu...

Saki Knafo

How Walmart Strikes Are Affecting The Retail Giant | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business

Earlier this year, Janet Sparks was called in to meet her bosses at the Walmart in Baker, La., where she works as a non-salaried supervisor in the cus...

Walmart's War Against Unions -- and the U.S. Laws That Make It Possible

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

So what's the secret to Walmart's "success" in remaining 100 percent nonunion? In short, it's the corporation's thorough exploitation of our nation's anemic labor laws.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Worker Strikes, Is Fired 6 Months Later | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Business

On the day before Thanksgiving last year, Vanessa Ferreira went on strike at her Walmart store in St. Cloud, Fla. As HuffPost reported at the time, sh...