Thursday, November 28, 2013

Protests Planned To Mark Black Friday

Al Jazeera
by Peter Moskowitz @PeterMoskowitz
November 27, 2013

Labor groups hope to capitalize on a year of controversy surrounding Wal-Mart and other big retailers

Anthony Goytia isn’t protesting because he hates Wal-Mart. Goytia has worked part-time stocking shelves on the overnight shift at store No. 2401, in Duarte, Calif., for a little over a year.

“I actually do like my job. It’s fast-paced, and time goes by quick,” he said. “But last year I made $12,000. I’m a husband. I have four kids. It’s not enough. I’m living in poverty.”

Goytia is a member of Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), which is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He has taken part in several protests for better wages and working conditions at the store, including one in early November, when 54 people were arrested during protests at a new Wal-Mart store in Los Angeles.

Goytia will also take part in widespread protests against Wal-Mart on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when stores across the country discount merchandise to entice holiday shoppers.