Black Friday Strike Will Test the Power of High-Stakes Online Organizing

At The Nation:

No one knows just how many Walmart workers will walk off the job on Friday—organizers included. Labor officials involved in planning the Black Friday strike say they won’t know until it happens exactly who’ll show up. Not just because of the inherent uncertainties of high-risk organizing, but also because they expect that some workers will strike who’ve only ever interacted with the main campaign groups over the Internet.

“We’re not trying to do this in the completely traditional way of, ‘know your numbers,’” said Dan Schlademan, a United Food & Commercial Workers union official who directs the allied group Making Change at Walmart, in an interview earlier this month. “This is really about doing open-sourced organizing…The total of what happens, we’re not going to really know it until Black Friday.”

Read it here.

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One thought on “Black Friday Strike Will Test the Power of High-Stakes Online Organizing

  1. Reblogged this on ProgressMo Shuffle and commented:
    Over at the Nation Blog, Josh Eidelson writes a great article about the doubt, but hope in the online organizing of OUR Walmart. OUR Walmart, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart will see this friday if their prayers and hard work comes true. With two days left until the Black Friday Strike no one knows how many will show up, how many will walk off the job or what Walmart will do in response to their workers standing up.

    As Frederick Douglas once stated: “Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.” And this Friday we will see how loud that demand is made. Stand with the Walmart Workers and help them stand up and fight the fight for the American Worker.

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