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Local Walmart Workers to Strike Wednesday

Employees to walk out of Ferguson Road store during rally at 4:30 p.m.

Protesting illegal firings, low wages and erratic scheduling, Walmart workers are taking a stand this afternoon in Cincinnati by walking off their jobs. Workers will protest outside the Walmart on Ferguson Road at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, according to a press release sent out this morning. Today’s strike is part of a larger strike movement happening in 20 cities across the country this week, leading up to the annual shareholder meeting. The meeting is this Friday and hundreds of worker shareholders are making the trip to Arkansas as part of a union-backed workers group called OUR Walmart. They plan to request a living wage and family-sustaining jobs, calling for the new CEO Doug McMillion to “take the company in a new direction,” the press release said. A typical Walmart worker is paid less than $25,000 a year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average retail worker makes only $21,000 per year and cashiers even less. Walmart employees say they have to rely on food stamps while their company received $7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013. OUR Walmart advocates for a $25,000 base salary for all employees. “A minimum $25,000 salary at Walmart would not only help families, it would boost job creation, consumer spending, and the company’s bottom-line,” the press release said. The major employer is currently on trial for worker rights violations involving firing workers who went on strike last year at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.   The country’s largest and most profitable corporation is also tightening its belt; Walmart took $740 million out of its cost structure in the past year because its operating income grew faster than sales. Walmart has had to make some changes lately in response to worker’s claims. In March, the pregnancy policy was updated after an OUR Walmart campaign, allowing for more accommodations for pregnant women.   In April, the retailer changed its internal scheduling system, making it easier for part-time workers to pick up extra shifts online.
 
 

Worst Week Ever!: Nov. 13-19

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Department Store with DJs Proves Too Futuristic for Cincinnatians; Plans Move Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fifth Street location downtown will relocate to Sycamore Township after years of Cincinnati res  

Cincinnati vs. The World 03.13.2013

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Forests in China are suffering from huge surges in disposable wooden chopstick demand; the country produces 80 billion chopsticks per year — equivalent to the destruction of 20 million 20-year-old trees. WORLD -2   

Low Prices, Low Wages

National organization leads employee protests and strikes against Walmart

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you’re planning on buying a flat-screen at Walmart this Black Friday, you might just witness a flash mob by fed-up Walmart employees who are calling for higher wages and greater respect for the 1.3 million associates that work in the U.S.   

May 9-15: Worst Week Ever!

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Germany’s Der Spiegel reported today that during 2011 German police shot only 85 bullets, and most weren’t even aimed at humans. Out of 85 bullets fired, 49 were warning shots. These numbers make it seem like it might be possible to greatly reduce the number of times per year in this country a person gets shot to death by the police in a situation where it seems like other resolutions could have been reached.  

Corporate Co-Opt of 'Local'

Big Business tries 'local washing' to mislead consumers

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hoping to capitalize on growing public enthusiasm for all things local, some of the world's biggest corporations are brashly laying claim to the word "local." This new variation on corporate "green washing" — local washing — is, like the "buy local" movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Even Wal-Mart is getting in on the act, hanging bright green banners over its produce aisles that simply say "Local."  

Return of Albums, The Wal-Mart Bros. and MJ's Hair

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
According to a report from the AP, Apple and the four major music conglomerates are hashing out a plan to enhance sales of full album downloads. With the rise of iTunes and other legal download services, music fans have chosen to download single tracks over full-lengths, meaning less money for the cash-strapped music industry.  

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