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Walmart Retail Workers' Strike Spreads to 12 Cities

The strike has not affected northern Virginia Walmart stores, although some local employees are supporters of the movement.

Walmart Retail Workers' Strike Spreads to 12 Cities

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. Loudoun has Walmarts in Leesburg and Sterling, and residents in Dulles South likely head to the Chantilly Walmart.

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.

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