Justice at Walmart
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Walmart can’t catch a break this year. From the unprecedented Black Friday strikes last November to the End Death Traps Tour in April, the retail giant has taken non-stop heat for it’s perpetually low wages, worker retaliation, and dangerous working conditions in Bangladesh, where thousands have died sewing clothing bound for Walmart stores.And we’re working hard to make sure they can’t catch their breath. Last week at the annual Walmart shareholders meeting, protesters from across the U.S. traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas to greet executives and shareholders. Some even got a chance to crash the party.Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart partnered with us at Corporate Action Network for an historic week of action to demand fair wages, safe working conditions, and an end to retaliation for millions of Walmart employees worldwide. The action began two weeks ago, when hundreds of Walmart employees kicked off the first-ever prolonged strike in Walmart’s history. The strikers traveled in a “Ride for Respect” from thirty U.S. cities to Bentonville, Arkansas, to confront Walmart executives at the annual shareholders meeting on Friday, June 7th. The strikers delivered a petition to Walmart executives, held demonstrations throughout Bentonville at Walmart stores and the Walmart ‘home office,’ and had a chance to address the crowd of over 14,000 to draw attention to Walmart’s continuous empty promises about worker safety, intimidation, and retaliation. Kalpona Akter, the former-garment-worker-turned-activist who has been fighting for justice for Bangladeshi workers for years, used her time on the stage to condemn Walmart’s complicity in tragedies in Bangladeshi factories that killed over 1,000 workers in the last few months. “[E]very time there’s a tragedy Walmart officials have made promises to improve the terrible conditions in my country’s garment factories, yet the tragedies continue,” she said. “The time for empty promises is over.”Next was OUR Walmart member Janet Sparks, who voiced the concerns of Walmart’s United States employees about inadequate pay, inadequate hours, and the lack of receptiveness on the part of Walmart executives to the average worker’s concerns. Appropriately, Board Chairman Rob Walton cut her off for exceeding her allotted time. Despite Walmart’s public statements earlier in the week seeking to dismiss OUR Walmart as a “union-organized publicity stunt,” company executives still saw the protests as a threat. Early last week, Walmart requested and was a granted a temporary restraining order that prohibited non-employee protesters from entering Walmart property in Arkansas. OUR Walmart members who were in attendance at the meeting also noted that its program seemed designed to specifically counter OUR Walmart’s complaints. Though the resolutions presented by Kalpona Akter and OUR Walmart members failed to pass, the protesters who attended the event feel as though they were able to spread OUR Walmart’s message to a wider audience of their co-workers as well as the national public through extensive media coverage of the event. (link to CAN materials page with media clips) Check out the coverage from The Nation’s Josh Eidelson for detailed accounts of the shareholder’s meeting and OUR Walmart’s protests surrounding the event.
From Daily Kos:Walmart can’t catch a break this year. From the unprecedented Black Friday strikes last November to the End Death Traps Tour in April, the retail giant has taken non-stop heat for it’s perpetually low wages, worker retaliation, and dangerous working conditions in Bangladesh, where thousands have died sewing clothing bound for Walmart stores. And we’re working hard to make sure they can’t catch their breath. This week, when Walmart’s shareholders gather in Bentonville, Arkansas on Friday for their annual meeting, protesters from across the U.S. will be there to greet them. Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart partnered with us at Corporate Action Network for an historic week of action to demand fair wages, safe working conditions, and an end to retaliation for millions of Walmart employees worldwide. The action began last week, when hundreds of Walmart employees kicked off the first-ever prolonged strike in Walmart’s history. The strikers traveled in a “Ride for Respect” from thirty U.S. cities to Bentonville, Arkansas, in time to confront Walmart executives at the annual shareholders meeting on Friday, June 7th. The strikers will deliver a petition to Walmart executives and hold demonstrations throughout Bentonville at Walmart stores and the Walmart ‘home office.’If you can’t make it to Bentonville for the historic actions this Friday, you can still show your support and solidarity with the Walmart strikers. We’ve set up a very easy-to-use event locator to help you find a solidarity event near you. With CAN’s tools, you can search by city or zip code for the nearest event, get in contact with event organizers, or even start your own event!
The following update comes from Boulder, CO where on April 25th workers stood up for better treatment from their employer, Walmart. Walmart workers are part of the environment, too.by Matt Nicdodemus, Occupy BoulderLast Thursday, as part of national coordinated actions to support Walmart workers seeking higher wages, more hours, and more transparent scheduling, I and two friends set out in a car to meet with managers at seven area Walmart stores. After stopping at the Walmart Neighborhood Market under construction in Boulder's Diagonal Mall, we visited the Supercenters in Broomfield, Westminster, Lafayette and Longmont. At each site, we found the store manager or an assistant manager and delivered to them information about important changes that Walmart's top management had committed to make in the company, changes that would make it more possible for their "associates" to get the number of hours of work and regularity of hours assignments that would allow them to subsist on a more stable income. We informed the managers that these changes, promised several months ago, had still not been implemented at more than a few stores in the US, and encouraged them to try and help the process of improvement along by communicating with top management.
June 20 • 09:00 am
150 West San Carlos St., San Jose, California
Over the past year, grassroots campaigns have taken on some of the biggest Wall Street corporations in the country and scored real, tangible victories against behemoths like Walmart, Bank of America and Hyatt. Come learn from the strategists and on-the-ground organizers running these campaigns and hear their case studies to learn what they did, how they did it and where they’re headed next. Brian Young, the co-founder and Managing Director at the Corporate Action Network, will be moderating. Panelists will include Shab Bashiri, OUR Walmart's Evelin Cruz, ACCE's Peggy Mears, Jamie Way, and Someone Like Me's Cathy Youngblood.
2nd Annual Corporate Action Network Ice Cream Social featuring OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart
June 20 • 02:00 pm
150 West San Carlos St., San Jose, California
Do you like justice? Do you like ice cream? Then we have the event for you. Join us at the 2nd Annual Corporate Action Network Ice Cream Social featuring OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart Thursday at 2:00 in Rm 211BD.
June 8 • 05:00 pm
51 Silver Spring Street, Providence, Rhode Island
In the past year alone, Walmart CEO Mike Duke made $20.7 million--more then 1000 times what the average Walmart associate makes! Yet when associates speak up, Walmart responds by cutting hours, changing schedules, unfairly disciplining associates and building a climate of fear and discrimination in the workplace. That's why this week, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) associates from around the country are in Bentonville, AR, at Walmart's shareholder meetings. They are standing together and protesting Walmart's attempts to silence and retaliate against Associates who have spoken out for respect. But we know that we need to stand together across the nation if associates are to win respect from this multi-national titan. That's why we'll be gathering at the Walmart at 51 Silver Spring Street in Providence this Saturday, June 8th at 5pm, letting associates know that the community appreciates their hard work, and believes that they deserve better than Walmart's greed and retaliation. We will also deliver a letter and petition to the manager, calling on the company to end retaliation against those who demand respect and better pay. Can we count on you to act against retaliation at Walmart?