UFCW Local 23 and Other Allies Launch ‘Pittsburgh Works’

1238913_1429554197311547_5239123021104960426_nAlong with Pittsburgh UNITED and other allies like Working America, UFCW Local 23 is helping to launch a new good jobs initiative called Pittsburgh Works.

The program will shine a light on good employers who invest in their workers, support workers–particularly low wage service workers–wherever they are, and call out employers who do not invest in their workforce, who aren’t good corporate neighbors, or who are bad actors in some way.

Local 23 began thinking about such an initiative in connection with its Giant Eagle campaign–to give kudos to grocers that treated workers well–but then expanded the idea to include other types of workers, like janitors and retailers.

On Tuesday, UFCW Local 23 members and other folks involved with the new program held an action to support Walmart moms who are currently on strike across the country, as they shine a light on Walmart’s retaliatory labor practices and policies that economically punish its workers.

Check out the Pittsburgh Works facebook page here: and follow us them on Twitter and instagram @PittsburghWorks

Nationwide Strikes and Protests Begin Following Protest at Chair’s Home

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart

#Walmartmoms in ParamountAs Walmart gears up for its annual shareholders meetings, strikes and protests are spreading at stores around the country.

In 20 cities nationwide, Walmart moms, working families and their supporters challenged Walmart to stop retaliating against workers who simply speak out for better wages or work conditions.

The protests and strikes also come at an important moment for the company. Still under scrutiny for alleged violations of the foreign corrupt practices act, Walmart is also facing prosecution by the National Labor Relations Board for punishing and firing more than 60 workers.

Erupting just two days before the company’s annual shareholders meeting, the strikes and protests are likely to create a challenging but interesting opportunity for new CEO Doug McMillon. As McMillon takes his first big step in the spotlight, he will be faced with the choice of whether to continue down the path Walmart is on or take historic steps toward addressing workers’ concerns and respecting their basic rights.

Walmart Workers Lead Candle-Lit March to Walmart Heir’s Estate in Lead Up to Shareholders’ Meeting

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart

DSC_0179-150x150Last night, more than 100 Walmart workers and their community supporters gathered at in Phoenix, Arizona for a town hall meeting on the growing inequality that impacts all of us in this country.

From there, the group headed out into the evening on a candle-lit march to the home of Walmart heir and Board Chair Rob Walton. In front of the gates of this Walton estate out in the desert, workers carried flags reading “moms won’t be silenced”.

Workers held the meeting and march to call on Rob Walton to respect workers’ right to speak out without fear of retaliation or step down as board chair given his many failures in leadership. One of six Walton heirs and majority owners of Walmart, Rob has failed to address basic concerns over wages, worker treatment and corporate controls, while he has continued to enrich his family – already the wealthiest in America – at the cost of millions of workers in Walmart’s stores and throughout its supply chain.

Walmart workers have had enough and they will not stay silent. Until Rob Walton steps down or Walmart consistently enacts worker-friendly policies, OUR Walmart will be continue to speak out against retaliation.