Walmart Faces Black Friday Strikes

November 27, 2012 | | National Memo |

Thousands of Walmart workers around the country are planning to strike on Black Friday, hoping to end retaliation they claim the massive retail chain’s workers receive when they speak out for better working conditions.

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Former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration, Robert Reich, is advocating for the strike. He believes that a large-scale strike against Walmart would be good for the economy, pointing out that the average Walmart employee takes in only $8.81 an hour while a third of its workers do not even qualify for health benefits.

“A new study by the think tank Demos reports that raising the salary of all full-time workers at large retailers to $25,000 per year would lift more than 700,000 people out of poverty, at a cost of only a 1 percent price increase for customers,” he wrote.