Making Change at Walmart joined with UFCW Local 1 and community leaders to hold a rally in support of two local workers Michael Walsh and Thomas Smith, who were recently fired from their Walmart jobs for outrageous and unfair reasons. The rally, which took place outside the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Schenectady, New York, was part of the five-week holiday campaign that is rallying community support to better the lives of Walmart workers and other retail workers across the nation.
UFCW Local 1 President Frank C. DeRiso, who participated in the rally, said earlier this week in an op-ed in the Albany Times-Union, “We’re calling on everyone in the Capital Region to reach out to Walmart managers as well as the headquarters in Bentonville and tell them that their workers have earned better: They have earned the right to not lose their jobs for absurd policies that are never made clear. If Walmart won’t do the right thing, at least we can. It’s what the holiday season must and should be about.”