Walmart workers hold strikes in 20 cities

Coinciding with Walmart's (NYSE:WMT) annual shareholder meeting this Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, workers are holding strikes in more than 20 cities today, June 4.

The strikes, organized by OUR Walmart, a group backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, urge Walmart to pay associates at least $25,000 a year and to not retaliate against workers who go on strike. A hearing is now underway in Oakland, California, to determine if Walmart illegally disciplined or fired workers for taking part in strikes during 2012 and 2013, CNN reported.

"I am trying to tell Walmart that they should not retaliate against workers, and that they need to raise wages and respect us," Bene't Holmes, a striking worker in Chicago, told CNN. Holmes, other Walmart employees, and union organizers held a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the home of Rob Walton, Walmart's chairman.

Meanwhile, a Walmart spokesperson shrugged off the strikes. "It's not unusual to see the same union group stage events around our shareholders meeting," the spokesperson told CNN. "There's also a reason that the associates who are taking part in the demonstrations work for us. They know what a good job is." 

For more:
-See this CNN article

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