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Josh Eidelson and Dorian Warren: Strikers Are Challenging Walmart's Low-Price, Low-Wage Model | The Nation

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Josh Eidelson and Dorian Warren: Strikers Are Challenging Walmart's Low-Price, Low-Wage Model

Organizers say over 500 Walmart workers walked off the job Thanksgiving week, including Black Friday. Some commentators downplayed the importance of the strikes, noting that participants only make up a sliver of Walmart’s million-strong workforce. But Nation reporter Josh Eidelson, who has been covering the Walmart labor movement since its inception, says any mass of people willing to take such a risky action points to significant discontent with Walmart’s low-wage model.

Eidelson joined Roosevelt Institute fellow Dorian Warren on Bloggingheads.tv to talk Walmart and labor. Along with the Black Friday strikes, the two discussed Walmart’s involvement in a deadly factory fire in Bangladesh, the role social media plays in labor organizing, and whether America’s biggest retailer can afford to pay a fair, living wage.

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