November 16, 2012
Volume 1., Issue 254
Walmart-Contracted Warehouse Workers Strike As Retail Workers Gear Up for Black Friday Action
Warehouse workers who move goods for Walmart went on strike on Wednesday to protest the harassment, intimidation, demotions and wage cuts that their employer has imposed on them ever since they started speaking out for safer working conditions. Yesterday, six protestors were arrested at a strike rally outside a Walmart-contracted warehouse in Mira Loma.
This warehouse strike comes just two months after the warehouse workers first walked off the job in September, setting off a chain reaction that has rippled across the country. This latest strike has since spread to Walmart stores in Seattle and Texas, and now Walmart retail workers all across the country are gearing up for a major ‘Black Friday’ work stoppage on the biggest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving.
Learn more about the warehouse workers’ strike.
Learn more about next week’s Black Friday action and find ways to get involved.
Sponsor a Black Friday striker.
Raley’s/Nob Hill Workers Return to Work After Historic Strike
After a monumental nine-day strike, workers at Raley’s and Nob Hill grocery stores across northern California returned to work on Tuesday after the workers and their unions, UFCW 5 and UFCW 8, reached a tentative agreement with the employer.
“This is an important accomplishment for our members and retirees,” UFCW 5 President Ron Lind and UFCW 8 President Jacques Loveall wore in a joint statement. “Because of the resolve and solidarity exhibited by our members and allies in the Labor Movement, along with the extraordinary support of our customers, we were able to address Raley’s competitive concerns while protecting our membership in a very challenging time. We now look forward to returning to work and serving our loyal customers.”
Wednesday: Join the Century Progress March for Good Jobs at LAX
Los Angeles International Airport fuels a large percentage of the LA regional economy, generating close to 300,000 jobs and $40 billion in local economic activity. But even though LAX has a living wage ordinance to ensure its workers are compensated fairly, irresponsible contractors are trying to create loopholes in the policy so they can pad their own pockets at the community’s expense.
On Wednesday, November 21st, join LAX workers, supporters, labor and community groups as they work to hold contractors accountable at the Century Progress March, beginning at noon at the corner of Century Blvd and Airport Blvd.
Help Union Members Affected By Hurricane Sandy Get Back On Their Feet
Tens of thousands of union members have been impacted by the massive hurricane that devastated the northeastern United States late last month. Now, nearly three weeks later, many are still struggling to get their lives back on track. These families need your support. Even a small contribution can make a difference for a union family in need.
Donate to the American Federation of Teachers Disaster Relief Fund.
Donate to the International Association of Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund.
Donate to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.
Make Your Holiday Season Union-Friendly and Made in America
As the holiday season approaches, now is the time to consider ways to make your holiday union-friendly and made in America.
- Stock up on holiday treats and essentials at a union grocery store in your area. Find stores near you using UFCW’s new mobile app.
- Choose a union-friendly hotel for your upcoming holiday trip. Check out UNITE HERE’s list of union-friendly hotels.
Get your gift shopping out of the way early. Visit Labor411 for an extensive list of union-made clothing, gifts and services.
This Week on “Labor’s Edge”
- “Raley’s-Nob Hill Workers Strike Against Unfair Labor Practices” by Danielle Tipton, California Labor Federation
- “UFCW Local 1428 Honors Veterans with Day of Service” by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation
- “Raley’s-Nob Hill Workers Return to the Job After Waging Historic Strike” by Danielle Tipton, California Labor Federation
- “Walmart-Contracted Warehouse Workers Strike For Justice” by Danielle Tipton, California Labor Federation
- “Union-Made Thanksgiving Shopping List” by Jackie Tortora, AFL-CIO