Monday, July 22, 2013

The Latest on Walmart: Organizing Workers Right Here in Chicago (with your help)!

Dear Jobs with Justice Ally,
This summer, activists and organizations in cities across America are joining the front lines of the struggle to Change Walmart, and we want you to get involved!
Throughout the country, thousands of Walmart associates are making change at the world’s largest employer by organizing for respect on the job, taking their message to shareholder meetings, and orchestrating nationwide strikes and walkouts. In response, Walmart has fired, disciplined, and otherwise retaliated against workers here in Chicago and nationwide.
From San Francisco to Manhattan and here in Chicago, Jobs with Justice is working with labor, community and faith groups to form Change Walmart teams of 3-7 volunteers ready to ‘adopt’ a Walmart store in their area. These teams will visit the Walmart store on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to talk to workers about problems they have on the job, and to mobilize them to join their colleagues in the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).

OUR Walmart is a national organization of Walmart workers who fight for workers' rights on the job. This summer, OUR Walmart is building its capacity and power among workers to prepare for two upcoming national days of action, when we hope to significantly escalate the struggle to Change Walmart. It is essential to involve communities in this effort, and that's where you come in!
If you, or members of an organization in which you are involved, are interested in forming a Change Walmart team and adopting a store, we would like to invite you to attend a Jobs with Justice training session. At a training session, you will learn the nuts and bolts of talking to workers, and your team will be connected to the developing nationwide campaign. We are holding these trainings at our office in Chicago in early August, but we would be happy to bring a ‘portable training’ to you and your organization as well.
If you would like to work with us to form or join a Change Walmart Team, please fill out a Doodle poll [] to indicate your availability to attend upcoming trainings at our office. For more information or to arrange another training, please contact our organizer, Ada Fuentes, at 773-575-7787
We can't do it without you!
In Solidarity,
Chicago Jobs with Justice

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