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Chia Barsen: Walmart workers are planning a 1,600 store Black Friday protest on November 28th

Walmart workers are planning a 1,600 store Black Friday protest on November 28th

Walmart earns 16 billion dollars a year in profits on the backs of its workers and continues to deny its workers affordable pay, benefits, working conditions and enough hours of work. In response, the workers at Walmart have staged large protests at Walmart locations around the United States every year. This year these protests are much larger and better organized. The protesters are rightly striking the Walmart Corporation on its most profitable day of the year: Black Friday!

This year 1,600 stores are expected to join the protest. Every day more and more workers are joining in the call from Los Angeles to all other metropolitan cities. Employees from 2,100 stores from across the United States have also signed the online petition that demands for better wages, hours, pay, benefits and working conditions.  

This is the third time that Walmart workers are going on strike and protesting on Black Friday. This time the workers are getting their message across with the help of thousands of community members, in addition to the new stores that have joined their protests.

The Walmart Corporation has been retaliating against the workers that organize and take part in the protests by firing them. Further, Walmart Corporation is compensating for the loss of potential profits by keeping stores open a day beforehand: Thanksgiving.  Almost one million workers will be requested to stay on a national holiday to keep the stores open all day.

All corporations should be afraid of the gaining momentum of the workers. They should be fearful of their level of organization and the spread of protests as their message gets passed on across the country. The service industry as a whole is now being pressured by the workers. Service industry workers, including Walmart workers, have all come together now to demand a $15 minimum wage.

The Corporate run US has been pushed to the ropes by service sector demands. If the state governments bend to the workers’ will, it will give the workers a massive incentive to maintain their movement, which may then spill over to all other sectors of the economy, taking salami slices of other corporations’ profits. However the republicans, as well as the democrats in government, don’t have a choice in the matter. Both parties have dug their own graves with their hands in the cookie jar of continued austerity measures, bank bonuses, foreclosures, pension cuts, social service cuts and wage freezes. The service sector workers with their rock bottom wages, no health insurance, ridiculously expensive higher education, late retirement and low pensions, are in a desperate fight with nothing to lose. This fight, this large scale class struggle, now a massive sea of alienated and heavily exploited working people, is sending waves upon waves of protests towards the walls of corporate US until they win! The large scale war against corporate US has just begun to take on a different momentum and has shifted to higher gear!

Chia Barsen

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