Press Advisory: New Jersey unions and community partners to join in Secaucus to demand respect and fair wages at Walmart

(PR NewsChannel) / November 25, 2013 / SECAUCUS, N.J. 

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO will join with Walmart workers, union members, community partners, UFCW locals, and OUR Walmart – an organization dedicated to ensuring respect for all Walmart workers – as part of a nationwide community protest against the nation’s largest retailer on the wave of the recent victory to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage.

Walmart has a treacherous history with regard to violating worker’s rights, undermining worker safety around the world, and the company’s poverty wages will once again leave thousands of families without the ability to budget for a simple Thanksgiving dinner. The National Labor Relations Board recently announced that it would prosecute the nation’s largest private employer for illegal firings and disciplinary actions against 117 workers around the country.

WHAT: Community protest to demand that Walmart pay employees a fair wage and respect the right of workers to exercise their voice on the job. This event is one of the hundreds of protests that will take place nationwide as part of the Black Friday Walmart protests.

WHO: The New Jersey State AFL-CIO
New Jersey and New York UFCW Locals
OUR Walmart coalition
Walmart workers
Dozens of union members and community allies

WHEN: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12:00 noon

WHERE: Walmart Supercenter
400 Park Place
Secaucus, NJ 07094

New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech stated, “The Thanksgiving holiday is one which embodies our family values, and is a time to share in our nation’s bounty. Walmart’s starvation wages and self-serving greed is in complete contradiction with these values, and we are committed to communicating this fact to consumers and supporting those businesses which pay fair wages and treat their workers with dignity and respect.”

“It is a travesty that thousands of Walmart workers must struggle in poverty while the company turned a $15.7 billion profit last year, CEO Michael Duke made $20.7 million in 2012 – a 14% increase from the previous year – and today, the company announced Doug McMillon as its next CEO with another multi-million dollar pay package,” explained Wowkanech. “Workers were essential to creating the company’s profits, and deserve their piece of the pie. Despite having more than enough money to fairly compensate its workforce, Walmart refuses to do so.”

Charles Wowkanech
(609) 989-8730

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SOURCE:  New Jersey State AFL-CIO

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