Unjustly Fired: Help Thomas Smith
Walmart has stripped him of his employment because they considered it to be theft.
I know we can stand up to these corrupt corporations that have no empathy to people like Thomas - all they care about are their dollars at the end of the day.
Let's help Thomas get back on his feet!
From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for opening your hearts and helping Thomas Smith in his time of need. Recently, we were able to transfer the funds directly into his bank account - just in time for the holidays. He is extremely happy and in a very good place due to your generosity. As always if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me via email or contact The Center of Law and Justice in Albany, NY. Happy holidays to all!
Here is a video of Thomas Smith thanking his supporters!
Check it out!
Protesters are planning to gather outside the Wal-Mart on Route 4 on Black Friday morning in support of Thomas Smith
Green’s organization has the backing of several religious groups, including Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, as well as assemblyman John McDonald, D-Cohoes, and Steve McLaughlin, R-Schaghticoke. Protesters are asking that Wal-Mart reinstate Smith immediately and to move him to a location closer to his home, repay any wages he has lost since being fired and issue a public apology.
They have given Wal-Mart a Monday deadline to meet their demands or they will be calling for a nationwide boycott of the largest retail chain.
Supporters can sign the petition at:
Thomas Smith loved his job at a Walmart in East Greenbush, NY, where he made $9 an hour putting away shopping carts and picking up trash from the parking lot. After being released from prison and facing homelessness earlier this year, Mr. Smith was getting his life back on track. But then last Friday, after working over-time to assist his managers, he was abruptly fired. The reason? He had redeemed $2 worth of empty cans and bottles left in an abandoned shopping cart. Incredibly, Walmart claimed that the discarded empty bottles were company property -- and accused Mr. Smith of stealing. When informed of this, Mr. Smith paid back the money right away, but Walmart is still refusing to reinstate him. "I did the right thing and stayed out of trouble,” Smith told an Albany newspaper. “I worked hard and did a good job. I ended up getting a raw deal.” Walmart’s treatment of Thomas Smith is outrageous. Unfortunately his story is part of a pattern of the company mistreating its workers. In fact the very day Smith was fired, 100 Walmart workers around the country began a week of fasting and protesting, highlighting low pay and unfair conditions at the company. Walmart needs to hear from us that this kind of treatment of workers is unacceptable. We will not remain silent as the rights and dignity of people like Thomas Smith are trampled. Please sign the petition below to demand that Walmart rehire Thomas Smith at another store close to where he lives. He deserves a fresh start at a job he loves and needs.
Via Alice Green sharing my contact info with Mr. Smith - I had the pleasure of speaking to him today!
He is in high spirits and is very grateful that everyone is supporting him!
I have given him an update on how much we have raised and we will continue keeping him posted.
Also, this post will be up for a couple more days and after that Mr. Smith will be given the cash donations!
Thank you once again everyone.
If you have any questions or concerns you can refer to the contact information in the previous post!