How to Support Walmart Workers This Holiday Season

support-walmart-workers-350This Thanksgiving, Walmart decided to show its workers that it’s concerned for their families. First, the retailer required that employees work not only on Black Friday, but also Thanksgiving night this year as, once more, it plans to start its Black Friday sale Thursday evening. Second, Walmart knew that because its workers make such low wages and are often on food stamps, the company decided to collect canned food for them.

Yes, the food box scandal that you’ve read in the news over the past few days is true. Walmart workers have been scraping together food donations for – themselves! Even The Colbert Report covered the disgrace. All of this comes on the heels of Walmart workers having to strike due to retaliation for speaking out against low pay ($8.81 an hour!), insufficient hours and unaffordable health care.

So, what can we do as consumers, progressives and conscious bystanders to help support these workers?

  • Don’t shop at Walmart, especially not on Thanksgiving Day!
  • aiha-nguyen-200Join an action at your local store—find an action happening near you. Just plug in your ZIP code and see what’s happening on Black Friday. Can’t make it? Then sponsor a worker, make a donation and sign the petition to President Obama!
  • Share this meme with your friends on Facebook.

Wish a Happy Thanksgiving to your local Walmart workers by standing in solidarity with them for their rights to a better workplace and better wages!

Aiha Nguyen
The Frying Pan


About Aiha Nguyen

Aiha Nguyen, Senior Research/Policy Analyst

Aiha first joined LAANE as an intern while completing her master’ in urban planning at UCLA. After graduating, she returned to LAANE as a policy analyst on the Accountable Airports Project. Aiha transitioned to the Grocery-Retail Project where she is working to raise standards in the industry and address issues of disparate food access.

Prior to LAANE, Aiha worked as a political and community organizer in the Asian Pacific Islander community and on state and federal elections. She was also a field deputy for former Congresswoman and current Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

Born in Vietnam, her family was one of the first Vietnamese families to immigrate to Ithaca, New York in the early 1980s. She confirms that Ithaca is in fact Gorges.

In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running half marathons and starting DIY projects, which she hopes to complete some day.

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