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Local 47 Officers Participate in Civil Disobedience Action Against Walmart


In a preview of the nationwide day of action that took place on Black Friday, Walmart workers in several Southern California stores walked off the job November 7 to protest the company’s low wages. Walmart earned a profit of $17 billion so far this year, but pays its workers so little than many of them have to rely on public assistance programs to survive. Workers are also protesting Walmart’s retaliation against workers who speak out.

About 500 workers and supporters—community activists and union members, including more than a dozen Local 47 members and officers—participated in what was the largest civil disobedience action in Walmart history. Surrounded by about 100 police officers in riot gear, and with helicopters circling above, 54 protesters were arrested outside a Walmart store in Los Angeles’s Chinatown section. Among those taken into custody, after refusing to leave the peaceful demonstration organized by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor when their permit expired, were AFM Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) Vice President John Acosta and Secretary-Treasurer Gary Lasley.


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Local 47 members (L to R), standing:  Lynn Grants, Maurice Grants, Alan Busteed, (unknown), Vice President John Acosta, Joseph Hancock, Robin Lasley, Secretary-Treasurer Gary Lasley, Neil Samples, Ethan Harris; kneeling: Naomi Sato, EMSD Administrator Gordon Grayson. Photos:  Linda A. Rapka

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