Will you stand with workers this Black Friday and meet in solidarity at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR.?
On Black Friday we will bring a strong message to WAL-MART "respect your workers, stop paying poverty wages!"
Portland Jobs with Justice is committed to supporting workers taking bold risks to demand better jobs and working conditions. That's why we bring together labor, community, faith, and student activists to support the courageous workers on strike at Wal-Mart
Walmart jobs don't allow workers to live better. Walmart pays its associates an average of just $8.81 an hour, so an employee who works Walmart's definition of full-time - 34 hours per week - makes just $15,500 per year, placing them squarely below the poverty line. And those full-time positions aren't the norm. To avoid having to pay employees benefits, the company increasingly hires part-time positions - subjecting associates to erratic schedules, limited job security, and even less opportunity to make ends meet.
We're all paying for Walmart's irresponsibility. When one of the world's most profitable retailers pays sub-standard wages and benefits, its employees are forced to rely on government assistance. These employment conditions aren't just a problem for Walmart workers and their families: studies consistently show that taxpayers end up paying the price for companies that provide their workforce with poor wages and benefits.
Walmart associates are taking a stand to demand better jobs. One by one, in cities across the country, a brave and growing number of Walmart employees began walking off the job to protest the company's bad business behavior starting last year. The historic strikes captured the public's attention and inspired walkouts and protests by thousands of other low-wage workers demanding fairness on the job. And although Walmart has repeatedly tried to silence workers who speak out, the steady wave of protests has continued.
In Solidarity we meet at 11AM @ 4200 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR on November 29 2013