End Scrooge Employer’s Theft of Worker’s Holidays
At the very least require them to pay triple time.
As hard as it may be for these fucking soulless Corporate Douches to imagine, employees have real lives outside of work. As much as these Libertarian assholes would like us to be slaves we too have families we love, entertainments we enjoy far more than killing all the joy in our lives so some fucking rich asshole can make a profit off of our lives and labor.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/28/walmart-black-friday-protests-thanksgiving
Record numbers of workers plan to protest major retailers, with Walmart at centre of row over holiday wages and hours
Dominic Rushe in New York
theguardian.com, Thursday 28 November 2013
Retail workers and union activists are preparing for a record day of action across the US on Friday, protesting wages and conditions on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Retailers, including Macy’s, are opening their doors on Thanksgiving for the first time this year, joining other store giants including Target, Sears and Kmart. But it is Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, which has attracted the focus of protests.
Protests are planned at more than 1,500 of Walmart’s 4,000 US stores on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and traditionally the start of the festive shopping season. Last year similar protests attracted 30,000 workers and supporters. This year organisers said they expect even larger protests with retail workers angered by the decision of many more retailers to open on Thanksgiving, traditionally a national holiday.
Workers lobby group Our Walmart plans to lead protests by supporters and staff, many of whom will be working Thanksgiving for the first time this year. Church groups and civil rights, consumer and environmental organisations including the National Organization for Women, The Sierra Club, Color of Change and the National Consumers League have all pledged support.
Tiffany Beroid, who works at the stores Laurel, Maryland store, said she would be joining this year’s protest. Beroid, 29, said she earned $12,000 last year working full time as a customer service manager for the company but had to go part-time this year because she could no longer afford her child care. “Even if I worked 40 hours a week, I wouldn’t be able to afford child care,” she said. “We need better wages and respect in the workplace. Walmart can afford to treat us better.”
The company has said associates – as it calls its workers – who work over the holiday will receive an additional day’s pay, a 25% discount off a Walmart purchase and will be served a Thanksgiving meal during the Black Friday shift. More than a million associates are expected to staff Walmart stores during the events.
A Walmart spokesman dismissed the protests as “a union orchestrated PR event” and said that the National Labor Relations Board had okayed unions to pay some protesters $50 to join the protests. “Very few of these people will be actual Walmart employees,” she said. “We are really focussed on sales and serving our customers. We don’t believe there will be any disruption at stores. It’s business as usual at Walmart.”
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