On Friday, Nov. 29, about 200 workers and supporters held a rally at the Hadley, MA Walmart in one of 1500 Black Friday events held across the country to expose Walmart's anti-worker and anti-union policies.
The Hadley event featured three workers who worked at the store who are putting their jobs at risk by participating in the protests. Walmart recently illegally fired workers in other stores for working together to solve their problems on the job.
As part of the nationwide protests, workers, faith leaders and community supporters were risking arrest in at least nine major metropolitan cities, outraged that with $17 billion in profits, Walmart continues to pay many workers poverty wages. Workers and supporters are calling for an end to illegal retaliation, for Walmart to publicly commit to paying $25,000 a year and to provide more full-time work.