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Walmart Workers Deserve a Living Wage

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In solidarity with nationwide striking Walmart workers, Faith UCC of Iowa City, the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa and Iowa City Federation of Labor co-sponsored a peaceful action at the Iowa City Walmart Superstore on Black Friday, November 28, 2014. The action was planned by members Ann Zerkel of Faith UCC (annzerkel@gmail.com) and Ryan Downing of Congregational UCC in Iowa City. Both churches are ally/affiliates of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa:

http://www.cwjiowa.org/home/

About 24 people were met outside the store by the manager, who accepted their letters in support of Walmart workers’ need for a living wage, signed by members of the three organizations. The manager agreed with Downing that Walmart workers deserve higher wages. Asked to leave the premises, the group marched peacefully to Highway 1 and stood for about 40 minutes with signs demanding a living wage and respect for Walmart Workers. One sign, “Honk for Higher Wages!” provoked nearly constant honking.

The event is mentioned in a November 28 Iowa City Press Citizen article:

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/local/2014/11/28/locals-observe-black-friday-different-ways/19628261/

and on the UCC website’s Economic Justice Covenant Program under Faith UCC’s “Living Out the Covenant” webpage:

http://www.ucc.org/justice/ejcp/covenants/Faith-IA-living-out.html

—written by Ann Zerkel, member of Iowa City Faith UCC and Economic Justice League at UCC.  Economic Justice webpages:
http://www.ucc.org/justice/economic-justice/ejle/