November 24, 2012 journal, WalMart Thanksgiving Day black Friday strike by workers working on corporate welfare at 9.80 per hour and getting their health-insurance raised by 34%. Some Wal-Mart executives make 10 million per year with 16 billion annual profits. Walmart employs 1.4 million people from the welfare roles of the 47% poor unimportant. I wish them well in their demands for a livable wage, may they be home Thanksgiving. Wal-Mart is dumping the irresponsibility on the workers and the government to supply the essentials for living while they are making record profits. I have changed my mind after seeing the poverty of workers and agreeing that they are no more than just slaves. The mockery made of Thanksgiving by the corporations deserve to be all shut down. I would not stand in those lines if they were giving their cheap imported junk away. Goldman Sachs of CBS News say the government must cut entitlement programs. The Corporate scavenging for Wal-Mart may be over if workers stand up for right. "We are standing up to live better," say Walmart's retail workers, playfully twisting Walmart's slogan of "live better" into a rallying cry for better conditions and treatment. In a taste of what the nation's largest retailer can expect on Black Friday, frustrated Walmart workers have again started walking off their jobs to protest their employer's attempts to silence outspoken workers. Workers from both the retail and warehouse sectors of Walmart's supply chain have called for nation-wide protests, strikes and actions on, and leading up to, next Friday - the busiest shopping day of the year. In the past week, wildcat strikes in Dallas, Seattle and the Bay Area saw dozens of retail workers-from multiple store-walk away from their shifts, suggesting that the Black Friday threats are to be taken seriously. Dan Schlademan, Director of the Making Change at Walmart campaign, said in a nation-wide conference call organized for media on Thursday that Walmart can expect more than 1,000 different protests, including strikes and rallies at Walmart stores between now and Black Friday. According to organizers working with the Walmart retail workers' association, OUR Walmart, stores around the country - including, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and others - can expect workers to go on strike. Specific dates have not been announced yet out of concern to minimize chances for Walmart to preemptively silence workers' voices. "We are expecting a wide variety of activity - strikers right in front of their stores, demonstrations, flash mobs, rallies and people working to educate customers - I think it's going to be a very creative day." said Schlademan. "Brave strikers are seeing a huge amount of support from community allies." NationofChange is a 501(c)3 nonprofit funded directly by our readers. Please make a small donation to support our work. As Waging Nonviolence has previously reported, the historic wildcat strikes are invigorating a new form of labor organizing of non-union labor. By drawing on the support of community allies - particularly from religious and student groups - workers are finding it increasingly easier to resist their employer's abuses. In addition to joining striking workers at rallies at Walmart stores, supporters are able to donate to Making Change at Walmart to help the striking low-wage workers make up lost wages. In the form of food gift cards, the community support organization Making Change at Walmart is providing concrete ways for others to be in solidarity with Walmart's workers. Thus far, $25,000 has been raised. But this kind of grassroots support pales in comparison to the revenue and capital at Walmart's disposal. Some Walmart executives are making upwards of $10 million a year while full-time retail workers struggle to make ends meet. Sara Gilbert, a customer service manager at a Seattle Walmart, makes only $14,000 a year to support her family. "I work full time for one of the richest companies in the world and yet my children are on state healthcare and we get subsidized housing," said Gilbert who joined other OUR Walmart associates in Seattle's walkout on Thursday. Walmart posted almost $16 billion in profits last year and recently announced changes to employee healthcare premiums that could raise the cost for workers as much as 36 percent. Also back in the struggle against Walmart are its warehouse workers. On November 14, the Inland Empire, Calif., warehouse workers-who are privately contracted through the logistics company NFI but move 100 percent Walmart goods - resumed their strike due to retaliations against outspoken workers. The workers were part of the 15-day strike in mid-September that re-ignited workers' efforts to change Walmart's treatment of its employees. David Garcia, a warehouse worker from Southern California who took part in the first strike, was recently terminated for speaking out against unsafe working conditions and broken equipment. According to Elizabeth Brennan, an organizer with Warehouse Workers United with whom the NFI workers are affiliated, about three dozen workers have had their hours cut while others have been demoted and suspended in retaliatory efforts from Walmart's contractor to curb organizing efforts. "It's been tough," said Garcia. "My kids need food, school supplies and an apartment to sleep in at night, but right now it is difficult to provide them these basic things." On Thursday, six community supporters were arrested for blocking a major thoroughfare to the Walmart-contracted warehouse. The two dozen striking warehouse workers returned to work on November 16. The Inland Empire strike, which still demands an end to unsafe working conditions, retaliatory practices and poor wages, comes during a crucial time when much of Walmart's supply chain is moving into high gear. It remains unclear whether the strikes and walkouts will generate enough pressure to force Walmart to systematically change how it treats its 1.4 million employees, but the Walmart workers movement seems to be spreading and growing. The Corporate Action Network is hosting online activism for supporters as well as publicizing some of the events planned at Walmart stores for Black Friday. While some activists for workers' rights and just wages advocate boycotting Walmart and shopping on Black Friday in general, Making Change at Walmart has not called for boycotts but affirms all efforts that support workers' rights to assemble and speak out. Charlene Fletcher, a Walmart employee in California plans to go on strike to emphasize her message that Walmart is not listening to its workers. Fletcher and her husband both have to work Thanksgiving Day for Walmart and will miss spending the holiday with their two young children. Complaints have alleged that Walmart's scheduling practices have made it very difficult for families to spend time with each other on holidays like Thanksgiving when Walmart plans to open its doors to shoppers that evening. Fletcher wants Walmart executives to know that Walmart's employees are just as important as its customers. "We are going to make the ultimate sacrifice," said Fletcher who is also a part of OUR Walmart. "By going on strike on the busiest shopping day of the year, we hope to send a message out to Walmart that we are not a small percentage of workers who are struggling and that we mean business." "The people of Colorado and Washington have decided that marijuana ought to be regulated like alcohol, with strong and efficient regulation of production, retail sales and distribution, coupled with strict laws against underage use and driving while intoxicated." Why We Should Stop Obsessing About the Federal Budget Deficit. By. Robert Reich "A 2009 Kauffman Foundation study found that the great majority of entrepreneurs come from middle-class backgrounds, with less than 1 percent of all entrepreneurs coming from very rich or very poor backgrounds. "By Ellen Cantarow. Someone needs to point out that Wal-Mart not only treats its employees bad the store is none too nice to customers either. The store in Hampton Virginia has probably 25 cash registers but it is very unusual to find more than 2 or three open for customers. No matter how many are open you can be sure there will be a long checkout line no matter what time you go into that store. Recently I had to purchase some otc medication at 4:30 AM. I had to enter the store at the opposite end from the pharmacy. I am 72 years old and not in the best of health. The walk to the far end of the store and back was an unnecessary hardship and thoughtless. Then I had to wait in line behind three other customers, all of whom had baskets filled with purchases. I had a single item but was in line for about 20 minutes. If there is an action at that store I will be there to support it. One can only hope these courageous workers are successful and that the public supports them by not crossing picket lines. If the workers lose, we must make the promise to never shop at a Wally world again and to let the Walton family and their managers know this now. Sons and daughters of Wally, For heaven's sake, you have 98% of Americans eating out of your hand. Can't you let your employees have Thanksgiving and Christmas Day with their families? Don't worry, there will be hoards knocking on your doors on Black Friday to get those TV'S that they can't buy on any other day of the year. As I said, you have them eating out of your hands now so let loose a little and welcome all those shoppers on Black Friday at 5 AM. Appreciate your employees. Greg Hilbert November 18, The 6 Walton family members who inherited Walmart stock have already accumulated as much wealth as 120 MILLION Americans at the bottom, and yet they pay a lower portion of their incomes in taxes than the average of their employees, who they treat like slaves and pay so poorly that a large percentage of them survive only with the help of food stamp and other assistance programs. It's outrageous. I hope America gets behind the protesting employees, boycotts Walmart's Black Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and that the greedy Wantons are taxed with a vengeance. slatook@yahoo.com November 18, If other stores such as Costco can pay a decent wage and treat their employees well and also make a profit, then so can Walmart. I have not stepped foot into a Walmart store in the past 11 years because of this issue and the fact their goods are mostly produced in sweat shops. dwdallam-November 18, 2012-@slatook@yahoo.comn Walmart threatened Costco a few years ago saying that their practices of paying more wages and giving better benefits to its workers was unlawful because Costco wasn't maximizing it's stockholder profits. November 18, 2012 So what would happen if everyone who can afford to shop somewhere else did so? Is there any way to make that happen? anono-November 18, If Sam Walton were still alive none of this would be happening. It would be "Made in the USA" and an honest wage. It's his kids that Fed everything up! No doubt old Sam been rolling in his grave for decades.-Arachne646. Riot in Bangladesh factory burn 112 people to death making for WalMart. November 18,-Doesn't that mean Walmart is one of the 47% that is mooching off the taxpayers if their full-time staff can't feed and house their families without help from us? Capn Canard November 18, I would call it externalizing the costs to the public sector. Walmart and other Romney suckers are good at passing the buck to the middle class.