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Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:12PM
Walmart strikers in Dallas holding OUR Walmart flag.

Walmart strikers in Dallas holding OUR Walmart flag.

Walmart workers went on strike at seven stores in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday protesting against their working conditions and low wages, according to OUR Walmart activists. OUR Walmart is a group that organizes protests and strikes against the American multinational retail corporation. The strikers joined workers and supporters in a Lancaster store to ask the company for better pay, at least $25,000 a year. They also demanded more full-time jobs and an end to retaliation against workers who unionize. The Walmart strikes in Dallas come after similar protests took place in Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles over the past few weeks while dozens of workers also walked out of a Miami store in October. Los Angeles police arrested over 50 protesters who were demanding better wages and more full-time jobs for workers of local Walmart stores on November 7. Workers have promised to stage a large protest on the coming Black Friday as they did last year when 400 workers went on strike. A company spokesperson said that few associates participate in these actions because “they understand the truth about working for Walmart, that it provides more opportunities for career advancement and economic security than any other company in the country.” He also said that despite the same tactics from activists on Black Friday last year, “we had our best Black Friday events ever.” Recent information by the company revealed a majority of its workers are being paid less than $25,000 a year while a report by the think tank Demos showed the corporation can afford to pay all of its workers at least this amount with no need to raise prices. Underpaid workers in Walmart struggle to make ends meet and consume about $1 million in public benefits at a single location. One store even held a food drive for its own workers to help them get by during the holiday season. Walmart is the largest corporation and retailer in the world by revenue. The Walton family, which controls over 48 percent of Walmart, is the wealthiest family in the world with an estimated net worth of $150 billion (as of August 2013), according to Forbes' latest ranking. AN/ISH
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