Friday, November 29, 2013

The Push Back Against Corporate Greed Spreads

As reported by Doug Cunningham of Workers Independent News, workers at Whole Foods in Chicago are standing up for their rights, just like the workers at Walmart:
Some Whole Foods workers in Chicago are staging a one-day strike today to demand a fair system of scheduling that will allow them to enjoy Thanksgiving like millions of other Americans. They’re being joined by the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, OUR Wal-Mart and other community allies. Whole Foods worker Matthew Camp says retail workers are facing what he says is a disturbing trend of having to work through Thanksgiving and other holidays that used to be sacred time off to spend with family. Camp says this is why Whole Foods workers in Chicago are striking today.

[Matthew Camp]: “The day before Thanksgiving – which of course is an incredibly busy day for a grocery store – essentially to make these two points. One, that this tendency among large retailers is very disturbing. We feel everyone is entitled to this holiday. And secondly we include ourselves in that fist proposal. That we also, having worked so hard for the holiday, are entitled to time to travel, to see our friends, our family.”
Cunningham goes on to note that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that the workers are seeking better working conditions, attendance policy and wages.

It warms my heart to see an increasing number of people starting to stand up and say, "Enough!" The abuse and exploitation of workers will last only as long as we let it, and in my humble opinion, we have already let it go on for way too long.

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