If you wander around Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento Thursday at 4 p.m., you may notice that several Walmart workers will be there protesting for better jobs.
The protest is part of a nationwide protest in which workers demand full-time work and a minimum salary of $25,000. The company failed to respond to workers' demands by the deadline of Labor Day, and so the workers are mobilizing across the nation to demand better jobs.
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Here is the full press release:
On Thursday, September 5 at 4 p.m., hundreds of Sacramento area supporters will join Walmart workers in a nationwide day of protests calling for better jobs at the country’s largest private employer. Many Walmart workers are struggling to support their families and contribute to their local economies because of low wages, insufficient hours and ongoing efforts to silence workers who are speaking out for better jobs.
The growing protests come after Walmart failed to respond to a Labor Day deadline set by tens of thousands of Americans calling on Walmart to commit to provide full-time work with a minimum salary of $25,000, reinstate workers who were fired for striking and agree to stop all retaliation against workers calling for better jobs.
WHO: Walmart workers, local community supporters, and elected officials including Assemblymembers Roger Dickinson, Richard Pan, and Lorena Gonzalez.
WHAT: Local residents participate in national day of protests for Walmart to improve jobs, raise wages
WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart)—a national organization of Walmart associates speaking out for a stronger company and economy—has been calling on the nation’s largest private employer to create better jobs. Rather than providing good jobs that American workers need and deserve, Walmart is trying to silence workers who are standing up with their co-workers to live better and spending its time and money trying to deny workers a decent day’s pay.
Since the prolonged strikes in June when 100 striking workers effectively had their concerns heard by thousands of shareholders, Walmart has illegally disciplined nearly 80 workers, including 20 worker-leaders who have been fired. In August 2013, the group gave Walmart a Labor Day deadline to change its ways.