Friday, October 12, 2012

TFA's Biggest Supporter Faces Spreading Labor Mobilization

Strikes at Walmart Stores, Warehouses Spread to 12 States: Is the Retail Giant in Trouble? | Alternet

"You know, I work in a Wal-Mart warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. The conditions are terrible—a lot of safety issues. We have broken equipment that was not getting repaired. They just—they push us to work at a rate that makes it even more unsafe. You know, we finally just had enough, and we started to organize. We started a petition, just asking for some basic rights. And our managers refused to take it. So, that was kind of the final straw. We decided that was it, and we walked out that day."

And why then does the Walton (Walmart) foundation give so much money to Teach for America?  Is there a connection here?