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Happy Thanksgiving in corporate-owned America. Walmart workers are preparing for "Black Friday" actions nationwide as the company continues to drive wages and benefits down. And Thanksgiving-day-parade-company Macy's CEO is standing with Donald Trump at the same time as he is urging Congress to cut our Social Security and Medicare. Let's tell them who is boss under our We, the People Constitution. Here is how.

Walmart Black Friday Actions

I don't have to write about how Walmart pays low wages, etc… (I don't have a problem with companies following the laws that allow low wages, etc., I have a problem with companies using their size and influence to get those laws written for them.)

Walmart workers are finally taking action. This Friday, "Black Friday," they are planning a number of activities and walkouts at Walmart stores around the country.

In my recent post, Help Change The Economy — Join Walmart Workers Striking On Black Friday, I wrote,

You can help change the economy! Big companies use their size and the fear of losing our jobs to force us to accept no raises or even lower pay and benefits. They can use their size to force communities, states and even the federal government to lower their taxes. You can help change the economy by standing with Walmart workers next week. They have the money but we have the people.

Here are some ways you can participate and help Walmart workers change the economy:

American Rights At Work has sent the following out,

Wow – the word has gotten out about the viral strikes happening at Walmart. Walmart even held late-night mandatory meetings for all store associates to threaten that "there could be consequences" if employees did not report for work on Black Friday. This is clearly illegal and continues to demonstrate the bravery of the workers and why you and I need to back them up.

In major cities, in rural towns, and in nearly every state, workers are standing up to Walmart to say they will not be intimidated. On Friday, they will demand an end to the retaliation they face for speaking out about unacceptable working conditions.

Can you join them this Friday? Find out the details and sign up to join your local rally:

YES, I'll join a Walmart store action!

NO, but I can stand with Walmart workers.

This is a now-or-never moment for workers across the country.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is standing in solidarity with Walmart's workers, and sent out the following:

Before you consider hitting Walmart for Black Friday deals, consider this: The workers who ring up all those mega-deals are suffering. And now they are risking everything to make a change. Some Walmart workers will put their jobs on the line this Friday and stand up to the giant big-box store, going on strike to protest poor, unsafe working conditions; low wages; irregular hours and the company’s retaliation against workers who speak out.

Help Walmart employees win the respect they deserve.

These workers are not union members, but they’ve banded together in OUR Walmart, a worker-led organization, to make Black Friday (the biggest shopping day of the year) the most memorable Walmart holiday on record.

Here are ways you can help Walmart workers:

Help Walmart workers secure decent wages, a safe workplace, manageable hours and the respect they deserve.

In unity,

Randi Weingarten
AFT President

Also, see David Dayen's post at Firedoglake, Labor Unions Show Solidarity With Walmart Workers.

Macy's CEO Tries To Ruin Company Brand

Walmart is not the only company ruining the meaning of Thanksgiving for We, the People. Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren has been trying to ruin the Macy's brand for the holidays by playing footsie with the right. He is standing up for Donald Trump, in teh face of more than half a million signers of a petition to get Trump off Macy's shelves. I mean, Donald Trump? Really?

And to make matters worse, Lundgren has signed on with those CEOs who are urging Congress to cut Medicare and Social Security just in time for the holidays!

Macy’s CEO standing by Trump despite petition,

Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren is sticking by billionaire Donald Trump and his apparel line despite an online petition to “dump Trump.”

The petition was started by Angelo Carusone of, a liberal website “Powered by” Carusone is trying to gather 650,000 signatures to persuade Macy’s to drop Trump’s merchandise and ads after the businessman’s repeated criticisms of President Barack Obama, culminating in an online tirade that called for a “revolution” after Obama was re-elected Nov. 6. So far, Carusone said, the petition drive has gathered more than 500,000 signatures.

Macy's CEO has also signed on as part of the corporate "Fix the Deficit" campaign to cut the things we are entitled to as citizens, including Social Security and Medicare. This triggered the organization Progressive Congress to put out the online action, Tell Macy’s CEO: Hands off Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,

Terry Lundgren
CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
7 West Seventh Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dear Mr. Lundgren:

Our families’ futures aren’t up for negotiation. American workers, retirees, and families have sacrificed enough. Please drop out of the CEO coalition to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Thank you.

It also triggered CREDO to launch the online petition, Macy's vs. Medicare?,

From Miracle on 34th Street to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's is a powerful symbol of the holidays for many Americans.

But this holiday season, Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren is part of a coalition of ultra-wealthy CEOs who are actively working to undermine the economic security of countless American families.

These CEOs are lobbying Congress to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits (not to mention other important safety net programs), all to get themselves and their companies massive tax breaks.

Tell Terry Lundgren, the CEO of Macy's: Stop trying to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

Suggested tweet: RT @CREDOMobile: Why is the CEO of @Macys trying to cut #Medicare and #SocialSecurity benefits? #p2 #MacysParade


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