Here’s Why Wal-Mart Workers are Gearing Up for Another Demonstration
Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) workers organized under union-backed activist group OUR Walmart are planning another day of protest Thursday. Low-wage workers and supporters of a higher minimum wage and better workplace conditions have reportedly planned walkouts in 15 cities across the U.S. in a demonstration that will echo fast-food worker walkouts that occurred in 60 cities last week.
This week’s protests are motivated in part by the nearly 80 OUR Walmart members who have reportedly been disciplined for their participation in previous demonstrations. Organizers allege that Wal-Mart’s actions against demonstration participants are illegal, and they have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. OUR Walmart is seeking an injunction against Wal-Mart to address the company’s alleged retaliation to the walkouts.
What exactly Wal-Mart has done to retaliate is a matter of contention between the company and protestors. Several workers have come forward, claiming to have been fired for their participation in demonstrations. As recently as August, a Wal-Mart spokesperson told The Nation that “no associates were disciplined for participating in any specific protests.”