Local Walmarts to be the sites of pro-labor rallies

Walmart stores in the South Sound region are among the targets of a national organized protest action timed for the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

Supporters of OUR Walmart, the union-supported group of employees pushing for higher wages and more full-time positions, plan to march and rally at stores nationwide this week. Some actions already have begun.

Organizers say actions will culminate at 1,600 Walmart locations on the day after Thanksgiving in what they say will be the largest protests ever against the nation’s biggest retailer.

The 64 Walmart stores in Washington are no exception, local union officials said Tuesday in a news release.

“The message of support for the employees of our nations’ largest employer, owned by wealthiest family in the U.S., is that the community supports the employees who still struggle to make ends meet,” said Nathe Lawver, communications director for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367, which represents grocery and retail workers across the South Sound.

Rallies were scheduled for today (Tuesday, Nov. 25) at stores in Bonney Lake, Puyallup and Spanaway.

Times and locations of future local rallies are as follows:

•  Lakewood, 7001 Bridgeport Way W.: Wednesday (Nov. 26), 2 p.m.

•  Tacoma, 1965 S. Union Ave.: Friday (Nov. 28), 9 a.m.