Walmart workers planning massive strike

Thousands of Walmart employees are gearing up for a massive strike Thursday. Last week, fast food workers walked out on their jobs — demanding $15 an hour. Walmart employees are seeking similar wages.

In a Facebook post, the group, called OUR Walmart, says it is the “lifeblood” of the company and demands...

“Walmart, it’s time to reinstate Associates who have been unjustly fired. We’re ready to stand up until this happens and we, the Associates, are paid a wage we can live on.” 

The group claims 500,000 employees are making less than $10 an hour and says the reality of the wages are much worse than many are led to believe.

More specifically, the group asking for change wants Walmart to....

1.     Publicly commit to pay workers a minimum real wage of $25,000...

2.     ....rescind punishment of the more than 70 Walmart workers who were unjustly targeted for standing up.

This coming just a week after Walmart made a big leap forward for workers rights.

“The nations largest employer has announced that it will begin offering benefits to the domestic partners of all of its workers including same sex partners.” (Via ABC)

Walmart denies the claim by the group that workers make minimum wage,

“ ... saying that the average wage at the company is about [$12] per hour, and that most employees work full time and receive health insurance.” (Via Al Jazeera)

Walmart employees are expected to protest in 13 states and it’s expected to be the largest protest since Black Friday.

See more at

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.