The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) Statement in Support of Wal-Mart “Black Friday” Walk-outs
Wal-Mart: You Can’t Deport Workers’ Rights!
Wal-Mart workers are fighting back and need our help! In one of the biggest labor fights this giant corporation has ever seen, we all play a role. Walmart is the largest private employer in the world with over 2.4 million employees. Unfortunately, many of the work-force made up of working families, immigrants, and women face increasing exploitation. A company continually raking in astronomical profits can afford to treat its employees with dignity and respect.
Over the years we have seen Wal-Mart constantly abuse its workers documented and undocumented – people who deserve better work conditions. This corporation has never used its power to improve the lives of many of these workers. Instead of being decent Wal-Mart has time and time again had to pay millions in settlements for mistreating its workers. Anyone with the nerve to challenge Wal-Mart has faced harsh consequences from reduced hours or threats to income.
As The National Immigrant Youth Alliance we stand in solidarity with the Wal-Mart workers walking out, and we ask that you join us by avoiding shopping at Wal-Mart this “Black Friday”!
The Walmart Board of Directors has been approached by workers for the past year to look for better wages, work hours, and workplace safety. Wal-Mart can make the right decision and begin reforming its exploitative practices or face a walkout this “Black Friday”. It’s crucial that we stand with workers on “Black Friday” and make the decision to support workers’ rights. It’s up to us to stand with these workers who are making history to change not only Wal-Mart, but the whole retail industry for the betterment of all.