Twenty-six workers and activists were arrested outside the Upper East Side home of Walmart heiress Alice Walton, after they refused to leave the street in front of her Park Ave. condo building in a day of coordinated protests against the retail giant.
Alice Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, is worth $35 billion. Today, a lot of poor people stood outside her house and yelled at her.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Walmart workers once again voiced their demands for decent work with demonstrations and civil disobedience in New York City; Washington, DC; and Phoenix.
On Thursday, organizers of a group called Our Walmart took to the streets in New York, Washington and Phoenix to draw attention to their campaign to change labor practices in retailing and other low-wage industries like fast-food restaurants.
A total of 26 protesters were arrested when they blocked Park Avenue in the upscale New York neighborhood where Walton’s home is located. Another 16 were arrested in a similar protest outside a Walmart office in Washington, D.C.
Fed up Walmart workers from around the country marched with retail workers, fast-food workers, supermarket workers, and others marched to Alice Walton’s luxury condo building in Manhattan, where they demanded better treatment and higher wages.
“Silly.” That’s how Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg described the concerns of Walmart workers and their allies who protested the mega-retailers low wages and poor employment policies in New York City last Thursday.
“I cannot continue to live and work like this”: How Wal-Mart drove me to shut down Park Avenue – Salon.com
Despite having a job, I forgo electricity in the summer. My car was repossessed. My day-to-day life would shock you.
Labor advocates say Walmart’s low wages and poor treatment of workers set a bad example for New York-based businesses – New York Daily News
A new report says the national chain’s meager wages, chaotic part-time scheduling and disrespect for workers have become common among businesses in the city.
Twenty-five protesters were arrested on Thursday after attempting to deliver a petition at Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton’s Park Avenue condo demanding the retail giant provide better conditions for its workers and set an example for other big-box chains to follow.
Walmart critics arrested at Walton apartment – Capital New York
Advocates for low-wage workers and anti-Walmart protesters were arrested Thursday in a show of civil disobedience in front of the home of Alice Walton, the heiress to the Walton family fortune.
Walmart workers and allies were arrested today in New York and Washington, DC at two protests directed at the company, which employees say is “robbing them of a fair wage.”
Stop Protecting Walmart, Raise Workers’ Wages – HuffingtonPost.com
Dozens of organizations and hundreds of workers and their allies were on the street on Thursday telling Alice Walton and the Walton family to stop ripping off the millions of workers who work for Walmart.
One by one, 26 men and women in bright green T-shirts were handcuffed and guided into waiting paddywagons by grim-faced NYPD officers. The protesters gathered on the sidewalk cheered them on, their shouts of “Si se puede!” disrupting the early afternoon quiet on one of the most expensive streets in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City.
More Workers Demand $15 – Labor Notes
Walmart workers, through their organization OUR Walmart, had been nonspecific about wages or said at least $25,000 a year (roughly $12.00 full time). That vagueness has ended. In demonstrations in New York and Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Walmart workers carried signs saying “We Want $15 and Full Time.”
Demanding higher wages and better benefits, Walmart workers protest outside Alice Walton’s home resulting in 26 arrests.
The Waltons Keep Getting Richer While Wal-Mart Workers Barely Scrape – BillMoyers.com
In New York City, 26 low-wage workers were arrested Thursday on charges of civil disobedience for protesting in front of the Park Avenue building where Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton owns a $25 million penthouse.
Astorino Says de Blasio Measures Success By ‘How Many People Are on Welfare’ – New York Observer
“We were sent here to fight inequality and raise the floor for working people,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Mr. de Blasio. “That’s what we’re doing by expanding the living wage and paid sick days, and working to increase the minimum wage. Walmart’s practices have taken this country in the opposite direction.”