The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) used five busses to ship in protesters to Wal Mart at Landover Maryland they walked circles for about an hour for the TV cameras then left…
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In Orlando a one woman protest, Lisa Lopez, joined with re-elected congressman Alan Grayson. At least one worker went out on strike at stores in Ocean City, Md.; Orlando, and Baton Rouge. The Huffington Post reported that 70 Los Angeles Walmart workers from nine stores walked off the job Thursday (avg 8 per store) in what the news site “hyped as” the first walkout by workers in multiple stores in the retailer’s 50-year history.
About 250 workers and supporters protested outside a Pico Rivera Walmart store, carrying signs that read, “On Strike for the Freedom to Speak Out” and “Walmart Strike Against Retaliation.” The workers said their complaints about working conditions and low pay have been met with threats, suspensions and terminations. But only five of he protesters actually worked for Wal Mart the rest were “rent-a-picket” supporters organized and paid by the UFCW….
Meanwhile CEO Bill Simon said in a statement that there were only 26 protests at stores Thursday night, “and many of them did not include any Walmart associates.”
Simon estimated that less than 50 associates took part in the protest nationwide, about the same number, he said, who missed their scheduled shift last year.
Colby Harris, of Making Change at Walmart, which helped organize the strike, challenged Simon’s numbers, saying that workers in over 100 stores had taken part and would continue to throughout the day. Harris, who was on strike from a Dallas Walmart, told MSNBC without elaboration, that “thousands” had walked off the job nationwide.