The Tompkins County Workers’ Center is gathering folks to rally outside of Wal-Mart on Black Friday, which falls on November 29th. We will be meeting on the sidewalk on Route 13 (in front of Pier One), entrance into one of the Wal-Mart entry points) in Ithaca, from 9 to 11 a.m. that morning, to show our support for the employees of Wal-Mart and against corporate greed.
Recently the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Wal-Mart has violated labor law, due to their retaliatory actions against staff who have organized to improve their workplace. There has been a growing movement of low wage workers, not only from Wal-Mart but also many fast food chains, for improved conditions at work and a Living Wage. We want to make sure that we show our support by gathering on the busiest shopping day of the year in an effort to bring public attention to these workers plight.
Says TCWC Community Union Organizer, James Ricks: “Our presence outside of Wal-Mart will be a show of solidarity with Wal-Mart workers across the country who are working to improve their wages and working conditions, and have been retaliated against. These workers are putting their jobs and well-being on the line.”
Please feel free to bring signs, or materials to make signs, with you. We will have some poster board and markers, but whatever you are able to supply yourself would be greatly appreciated. We will provide hot coffee and juice for the kids.
Please check out information about this rally on our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/263108787175475/ or The Action Network website at https://actionnetwork.org/events/ithaca-walmart-black-friday-action
We look forward to seeing you there! Bring your friends and family!!
If you live in another part of the country and want to know where you can find a local action, please go to https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/black-friday-near-you and enter your zip code!