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Walmart Retail Workers' Strike Spreads to 12 Cities

The strike has not affected northern Virginia Walmart stores, although some local employees are supporters of the movement.

It hasn't yet spread to Northern Virginia, but local Walmart retail workers are supportive of the strike that has spread to 12 cities, according to a spokesperson from the United Food & Commercial Workers' Making a Change at Walmart campaign.

The Huffington Post reported that 88 workers from 28 various stores went on strike Tuesday, including some unidentified stores in the Washington, D.C. area.

There are some Virginia Walmart employees who are members of Organization United for Respect — or "OUR Walmart" — who support the recent movement, a UFCW spokesperson noted.

Walmart workers who are not unionized have been complaining about low pay and a lack of benefits for awhile, according to the Huffington Post report. The members of OUR Walmart are coming together Wednesday to announce to provoke change for Walmart employees who have expressed that they shouldn't be silenced just for speaking out for better jobs and a stronger community.

On Wednesday, warehouse workers plan to join striking workers from the Los Angeles and Dallas areas to call for change on their jobs. UFCW said some Northern Virginia Walmart employees who are members of OUR Walmart may show support during this announcement either in person or via phone.

Joe Union October 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Wow! 88 workers from 28 stores. From their website: Walmart serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week. Walmart operates under 69 different banners in 27 countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately $444 billion, Walmart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide. Despite the hype, WalMart does tend to treat their employees fairly. If the malcontents could get 220 people to participate in their walkout (it's technically not a strike), that would still be only one hundredth of one percent. Of course, they also have the right to work somewhere else, but frankly, most of the complainers don't have the skills, education, or personal qualities to be successful in many careers. If the job is only worth $8.90 per hour, then train yourself for a higher-paying job!

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