- The High Cost of Low Prices
- Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
- Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history
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Part 1: Two dozen arrests after workers protest against Walmart treatment
The sit-in was live-streamed on blackfridayprotests.org. The site urges consumers to take action against Walmart, and sign a petition supporting $15-an-hour pay for Walmart worker and participate in the Black Friday protests that the workers are planning to hold on 28 November.
Jana Kasperkevic, the Guardian
Holding a sign, a man joins Walmart employees and supporters as they block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation in downtown Washington on 16 October 2014. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Friday 14 November 2014 | A protest at a Los Angeles-area Walmart has ended in some two dozen arrests.
Authorities say 23 men and women were arrested Thursday after they blocked traffic at a Pico Rivera intersection during a protest that began with a sit-down strike inside the local Walmart.
Jana Kasperkevic is a reporter for Guardian US.
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Part 2: Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history
"We cannot continue to allow our country's largest private employer to pay workers so little that they can't put food on the table for their families and then punish those who speak up about it. Walmart's actions are immoral, illegal and they are destroying the American values that we all hold dear," said Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Combined Sources, People's World
November 13 2014 | At 12:30 ET today, OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw near here. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, has placed tape over their mouths signifying the company's illegal efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. Even as the mega-retailer brings in $16 billion inannual profits and Walmart's owners build on their $150 billion in wealth, the majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year.
"Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!" the group chanted before sitting down.
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