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American And Chinese Labor Groups Unite Against Walmart

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An American labor group which has opposed Walmart has joined forces with a Chinese labor group doing the same, according to reports Monday.

Organization United for Respect at Walmart has held numerous protest and strikes against the retailer for years to demand better wages and working conditions. The group looked to be in trouble when political differences caused it to split in two last year. Now OUR Walmart is back in force and has united with the Wal-Mart Chinese Workers Association (WCWA) to coordinate a strategy going forward.

“We can use this to collectively press Wal-Mart on issues,” OUR Walmart Director Dan Schlademan told Reuters. OUR Walmart notes that WCWA reached out to them for support. They started to first coordinate their efforts during a online conference call last month.

OUR Walmart in the past has been supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The union has a long history of attacking Walmart through various front-groups. It is believed the union is no longer involved in the group now that it has split due to internal disputes.

OUR Walmart and WCWA did not detail what exactly their coordinated effort will look like nor if they have any plans yet. OUR Walmart in the past has held protests on Black Friday and other notoriously busy shopping days to put pressure on the retailer. OUR Walmart claimed victory when the retailer announced February 2015 plans to raise the company internal minimum wage.

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