Walmart did a good thing in January of this year. The world’s largest retailer signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to source their tomatoes only from Florida growers who pay fair wages and treat their workers in accordance with national and international human rights standards.
However, Walmart’s unyielding opposition to its workers forming a union make it clear that its support of Florida farm workers is little more than an attempt to repair its tarnished reputation for unfair labor practices. Walmart continues to deny a living wage to the vast majority if its own workers, forcing many to rely on food stamps and other taxpayer-funded programs to make ends meet.
Walmart filed court injunctions in Ohio and elsewhere to keep Black Friday actions away from their stores this year, but protesters gathered in highly-visible public areas nearby.
Actions organized by OUR Walmart were held in major cities across the U.S. on Friday. Protesters demanded a $15 an hour wage, full time hours, and the right to unionize for Walmart workers.