Walmart Workers’ ‘Prolonged Strike’ A First For Non-Union Company

At least a hundred employees at retail heavyweight Walmart pledged to join “prolonged strikes” across three states on Tuesday led by OUR Walmart, a labor group backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, the Nation reports.

OUR Walmart has accused the retailer of retaliation and intimidation of striking workers, including the firing of two employees who are active in the labor group.

Employees stopped work in Miami, Massachusetts, and the San Franciso Bay area. Some workers will continue their walkout until Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting on June 7, where OUR Walmart will drum up awareness for its cause with caravans stopping in 36 cities before converging on Bentonville, Ark.

UFCW official Dan Schlademan said “This represents the first time in Walmart history that workers have made the decision to go on prolonged strikes.”

OUR Walmart also carried out strikes on Black Friday, claiming that 1,000 protests were staged in 46 states even as the company reported its largest Black Friday sales haul ever.

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