Walmart Strike Supporters Protest Outside Stores in Kingstowne, Huntington
Some local employees are supporters of the movement.
UPDATE Oct. 10, 10:57 a.m.: Supporters of the Walmart strike protested outside Wednesday morning at two Northern Virginia Walmart stores, carrying signs in Huntington and Kingstowne, union officials confirmed.
Community leaders in the Northern Virginia area are participating in the Walmart retail workers' strike by holding protests or community actions at various Virginia stores.
Walmarts closest to Northern Virginia that have had workers walk off the job are located in Laurel and Capital Plaza in Maryland. However, Virginia Walmart employees are getting involved in the recent movement, a spokesman said Wednesday.
"There have been community actions this morning at Virginia area stores," said Evan Yeats from the communications department of UFCW's Making a Change at Walmart campaign.
Yeats said protests or community actions were held at the Walmart on Richmond Highway in Huntington and at the Walmart at 5885 Kingstowne Blvd. in Kingstowne.
"They're reaching out and advocating on behalf of the Walmart workers," Yeats said. There was also a community action event this morning at the Walmart located in the Manassas area.
Original story: It hasn't yet spread to Northern Virginia, but local Walmart retail workers are supportive of the strike that has spread to 12 cities, according to a spokesperson from the United Food & Commercial Workers' Making a Change at Walmart campaign.
The Huffington Post reported that 88 workers from 28 various stores went on strike Tuesday, including some unidentified stores in the Washington, D.C. area.
There are some Virginia Walmart employees who are members of Organization United for Respect — or "OUR Walmart" — who support the recent movement, a UFCW spokesperson noted.
Walmart workers who are not unionized have been complaining about low pay and a lack of benefits for awhile, according to the Huffington Post report. The members of OUR Walmart are coming together Wednesday to announce to provoke change for Walmart employees who have expressed that they shouldn't be silenced just for speaking out for better jobs and a stronger community.
On Wednesday, warehouse workers plan to join striking workers from the Los Angeles and Dallas areas to call for change on their jobs. UFCW said some Northern Virginia Walmart employees who are members of OUR Walmart may show support during this announcement either in person or via phone.