BLACK FRIDAY PROTESTS IN MAINE STAND UP TO WALMART

BLACK FRIDAY PROTESTS IN MAINE

STAND UP TO WALMART

ACTIONS in AUBURNELLSWORTHAUGUSTA and SCARBOROUGH

 


This Friday November 29th help stand up for Walmart workers everywhere as they strike and take action across the country.

Come join an action in Ellsworth, Scarborough, Augusta or Auburn in solidarity with Walmart workers and all low-wage workers in Maine.  

Strikes are spreading through Walmart’s stores nationwide to protest poverty wages and poor working conditions.  Recently, Walmart workers in Ohio walked off the job and 50 protesters were arrested outside a Walmart in Los Angles. Last week, Walmart workers in Chicago and Seattle joined their coworkers in going on strike to protest Walmart’s retaliation against those who speak out.

Please stand up for low-wage workers everywhere by joining us on Friday, November 29.

Auburn at 10 am(Sponsored by Western ME Labor Council): CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the AUBURN action 

Ellsworth at 11 am:(Sponsored by Community Union of Ellsworth) CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the ELLSWORTH action

Augusta at 11:30 am: (Sponsored by MoveOn) Click HERE to get info and RSVP for the Augusta action.

Scarborough at 1 pm:(Sponsored by Southern ME Labor Council)  CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the SCARBOROUGH Action 

Want to host an action at another store? It's easy! E-Mail me back and I can help you set it up, or you can sign-up here: www.blackfridayprotests.org

Know anyone who works at Walmart or used to work there? Please let me know - we are looking to connect with Maine Walmart workers.

 

 

Did you know...

 

•    As many as 825,000 Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year because of low wages and not getting enough hours.  

•    Workers can’t raise their families on these poverty wages. In Ohio, associates held a food drive – for each other – to make sure everyone had Thanksgiving dinner.  Anthony Goytia – father of three - relies on payday loans and even sells his own plasma to cover the bills. After 11 years at Walmart, Patricia Locks makes only $19,000 a year and relies on food banks and food stamps to feed her teenage daughter.

•    Because Walmart is paying so little, many workers are forced to rely on taxpayer-funded programs just to cover the basics.  Walmart workers are estimated to rely on more than $900,000 in food stamps, Medicaid and other public supports at just one of the company’s 4,000 stores. Americans want Walmart to take responsibility as the largest employer in the country.  We want Walmart to improve its jobs, and help improve the economy. 

•   The six heirs of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, have a combined net worth of $144.7 billion.

•   Public policy organization Demos issued a report this month showing that Walmart could pay every employee at least $14.89 per hour, without raising prices. Walmart spent $7.6 billion last year to buy back shares of its own stock and further enrich the Waltons. The buybacks did nothing to boost Walmart’s productivity or bottom line. These funds could provide Walmart’s low-wage workers a raise of $5.83 an hour.

 

SEE YOU FRIDAY! For more information call me at 622-9675 or reply to this e-mail.

Have a great Thanksgiving,

Sarah

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