Union songs for the Wal-Mart strike

At this point anyone who has read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed can tell you what is at stake with the Wal-Mart worker's strike.  Ehrenreich tried to live off of a Wal-Mart worker's wage, and discovered rather quickly that she couldn't live anywhere in the vicinity of the Wal-Mart at which she was hired, because the rents in that neighborhood were just too high for the paltry wage she was earning.

So there's going to be a strike next Friday at your local Wal-Mart, and at Wal-Marts across the nation.  Be sure not to cross the picket line, and be sure to sing these songs when you're there in support of the strikers:

For "rousing" there's nothing like Billy Bragg:

Here's a good confrontational song for regaling the WalMart clientele:

This video combines two great union songs, both of Utah Phillips and Ani DeFranco:

I'm sure you'll recognize the tune to this one.

I'm quite fond of The Weavers -- here's their cover of Sixteen Tons:

Here's Steve Earle with a bit of labor history and a meaningful tune:

Yeah, OK, this isn't entirely in-genre...

And it seems that this song is just as pertinent today as it was then:

Meanwhile, In These Times has a fun article on unions which you should read.

Bon appetit!



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Wanted: A Living Wage

geomoo's picture

Which side are you on?


Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Poor folks ain't got a chance
Unless they organize 


pete seeger which side are you on

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i am hoping that the wal mart workers down here in the...

poligirl's picture

deep south join the strikers... i may have to do a drive by just to see... it's a really red area though so most have been brainwashed about unions... i'm still hopeful though....

great music post! i think this is a great thread for sat night!  :D

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