Events are being held all over the country - don't miss it! In Portland, come on down to Wal-Mart at 4200 SE 82nd on Thursday, Nov. 21st from 3-5 PM for a rally. In Eugene, go to the Wal-Mart at 4550 W. 11th. Visit http://www.walmartdayofaction.com/ for more details and organizer contact info.
The following is excerpted from a post by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW):
Wal-Mart business practices affect all working families. It is the largest private employer in the U.S. -- with more than a million employees -- as well as the largest shipper, warehouser, and retailer. In fact, Wal-Mart is the worlds largest corporation, raking in approximately $600 million daily and $220 billion annually in revenue.
Wal-Mart's attacks on workers threaten the entire labor movement. The company is dragging wages and benefit levels back to nineteenth century standards. Wal-Mart workers are paid $2-$3 an hour less than union members who perform similar jobs. The companys health plan is so expensive, and its eligibility requirements so restrictive, that two-thirds of Wal-Mart workers cannot afford to participate in the company plan. Wal-Mart fully admits that the majority of its workers are forced to rely on public assistance or a spouses health benefits to attain medical care. It is estimated that the company shifts approximately a billion dollars a year in health costs to taxpayers and responsible employers. Wal-Mart workers have no defined benefit pension plan and must invest 85 percent of their 401(k) contributions in Wal-Mart stock.
Most Wal-Mart stores are built non-union. The company puts relentless pressure on its suppliers to reduce their prices resulting in wage and benefit cuts, as well as alterations in work rules, for their workers. Wal-Mart is leading the coalition of retailers urging the west coast dock owners to demand concessions from the longshoremen. The companys economic clout is so extensive that Wal-Mart is an invisible third party sitting at bargaining tables across the country.
Simply put, Wal-Mart is a corporate outlaw. It violates human rights and is viciously anti-union. The NLRB has issued over 40 complaints against the company in more than 25 states for illegally denying workers their right to support and form a union. Wal-Mart faces an ever-increasing number of lawsuits for discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and race. Lawsuits regarding illegal pay practices -- changing time records and forcing employees to work off the clock -- are mounting. Wal-Mart buys products from countries where human rights abuses are rampant and sweatshops and child and forced labor are common.
On Thursday, November 21, we are calling on labor, community, environmental, student, civil rights, and victims rights organizations to join together to launch a People's Campaign-Justice @ Wal-Mart. With events in all 50 states, this Day of Action will demand that Wal-Mart become a responsible corporate citizen that provides good jobs, equal opportunity, fair business and trade practices, and respects the rights of workers, consumers, and communities. Please participate in these events!