Walmart store and distribution center workers began walking off the job at several locations throughout the country last week, calling for better wages and benefits and fair scheduling. The actions came on the heels of pickets at about a dozen locations nationwide last month.
Several other civil rights groups and other organizations have offered their support.
“Walmart’s workers are dedicated to giving 100 percent to the jobs that they do,” Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change, said in a statement. “The company must be as dedicated to its workers as it is to its profit margin.”
Organizers are calling the actions “strikes,” though employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are not unionized.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant recently filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the UFCW, which has previously attempted to unionize Walmart workers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Walmart called UFCW’s efforts a publicity stunt.
“We care about our associates and our associates care about providing a great customer experience on Black Friday,” Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg said in a statement. “We’re confident that’s what our associates will deliver for customers this year at Walmart.”