Event • New York

Dear Walmart at Workers Unite! Film Festival

I was interviewed years back for this documentary about Walmart workers organizing and fighting for a historic pay raise. It’s now screening at New York’s Workers Unite! Film Festival on May 11, 7:30 PM and I’ll be there to watch and to join a Q&A afterwards with the directors. Here’s a description from the website:

“Some workers love retail. All they want is for retail to love them back – in the form of a living wage, affordable healthcare, a safe workplace, and underlying it all, respect. OURWalmart (OUR, Organization United for Respect) was begun in 2011 by a few brave workers at the world’s largest private employer, many of whose two million-strong “family” live near the poverty line. Alone at first, and ultimately with the help of established union veterans, they used word of mouth to gain hundreds of members and bring them together in training sessions that double as morale boosters, all done in secret. Dear Walmart (not entirely ironically titled) is an ultimately upbeat story of their personal empowerment and their first victory, a $9/hour minimum wage for some 500,000 people. But this win was followed by the retaliatory closure of five Walmart stores, a huge loss of jobs.” (Thanks to Judy Bloch)

For more information on the film, check out