The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Maine Dollar General Workers Walk Out

May 10, 2021

Three workers at a Dollar General in Eliot, Maine, got fed up and quit together, temporarily closing the store.

That Dollar General made one of the managers pull 70-hour weeks. Over those hours, the manager’s wages came to less than minimum wage—so she quit. The workers opened the store anyway, hoping Dollar General would call about how to staff it. No one called. Three of the four remaining workers decided to quit.

On their way out, they posted up signs on the door:

“Closed indefinitely because Dollar General doesn’t pay a living wage or treat their workers with respect.”

“Capitalism will destroy the country. If you don’t pay people enough to live their lives, why should they slave away for you?”

Good question!