Labor supporters picket outside Walmart
Group delivers letter to Monona store manager
MONONA, Wis. — A group of between 150 and 200 labor supporters were protesting outside a Walmart Supercenter in Monona Friday morning to draw attention to labor practices within the company.
Members of the groups representing the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin and the South Central Federation of Labor said they wanted to be at Walmart on its biggest shopping day and were hoping Walmart employees would see them and know they have support.
The group also delivered a letter to the Monona store manager.
The group said the protest was not a boycott.
Nationally, union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart, along with watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the country’s largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.
The planned walkouts build on an October strike that started at a Walmart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined the October actions.
Walmart, in a statement issued Friday, said there were protests at 26 stores, but that only about 50 of its 1.3-million workers took part. It said about the same number of employees missed scheduled shifts this year as did last year.