MEDIA ADVISORY: Black Friday at Spartanburg Walmart

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Russell Bannan
864.978.9374
rpbannan@gmail.com


SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY AND LABOR LEADERS TO STAND WITH 
WALMART WORKERS IN THEIR NATIONWIDE STRIKE


WHO: ​November 23, 8:00 AM

WHAT:​ Spartanburg Community Members Showing Support for Striking Walmart Workers

WHEN: ​Black Friday, November 23, 8:00 AM

WHERE: ​WALMART SUPERCENTER, 141 DORMAN CENTRE DR, SPARTANBURG, SC

(Spartanburg, SC)--At 8:00 am on Black Friday, November 23, Spartanburg community members will show support with Walmart workers in their fight for better wages, predictable schedules and the right to speak up without retaliation. Community members will gather at the Walmart Supercenter at 141 Dorman Center Drive in Spartanburg.

The Spartanburg event will be one of thousands across the country. Walmart workers and local communities will stand up to reclaim Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—as a day for workers and customers in our communities to speak up for fairness. In addition to educating customers and asking them to sign a petition of support for the striking workers, the event leaders will ask for a meeting with the local store manager to discuss their concerns.

Eddie Lawson, a former Walmart employee at the Hillcrest Walmart from January 2008 to November 2009 echoed the need for Walmart to improve treatment of employees. He said, “The associates I worked with were some of the hardest working, kindest people I've ever known.

But as management became concerned with cutting costs, full-time workers started disappearing, losing their jobs over flimsy pretenses, obviously because management realized they could save money by firing full time people that had been there for years and replacing them with part time associates that would work fewer hours, for less money per hour, with no benefits. Those associates are good people and they deserve better than being worked half to death.”

Nationwide, Walmart workers, many of whom are being forced to miss the Thanksgiving holiday with their families because of Walmart’s early sales on Thanksgiving day, held the first-ever strikes against the megaretailer in October for its attempts to silence workers who speak out for change.

Striking warehouse workers, who move billions of dollars of merchandise for Walmart, will join the call to speak about the retaliation they have experienced for speaking out against unsafe working conditions, including extreme temperatures, broken and unsafe equipment and inadequate access to clean drinking water.

The workers from the Inland Empire, outside of Los Angeles, held a 15-day strike that included a six-day, 50-mile pilgrimage for safe jobs in September.

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