November 29, 2012
Unprecedented: Black Friday at Walmart
Big day in an ongoing struggle
Walmart workers made history last Friday by pulling off on one of the biggest shopping days of the year what Josh Eidelson, writing for The Nation, called “the largest-ever US strike against the largest employer in the world.”
According to organizers, strikes hit a hundred US cities, with hundreds of retail workers walking off the job (last month‘s strikes drew 160). Organizers say they also hit their goal of a thousand total protests, with all but four states holding at least one. In the process, they notched a further escalation against the corporation that’s done more than any other to frustrate the ambitions and undermine the achievements of organized labor in the United States. — Josh Eidelson, The Nation, 11/23/12
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Advocates for workers with Triangle Jobs with Justice organized a solidarity action in Durham, where more than 100 people turned out to support Walmart workers and demand that the company stop retaliating against its employees who are now standing up and speaking out so that they and their families can live better.
Click here for photos of our solidarity action in Durham.
Click here to watch a video about the Black Friday action in Durham:
Several news outlets covered the Black Friday protests. Here are some press clips:
Protesters show up at local Wal-Mart (NBC 17)
Walmart protests grow amid Black Friday shopping frenzy (WRAL)
Protesters picket at Walmart Stores across the US, including Durham (News 14)
Demonstration held outside of Durham Wal-Mart (Herald Sun)
Protests greet shoppers at Walmarts
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