Respect Workers & Pay a Real Wage!
Dear Walmart & the Walton Family:
We call on you to:
- Publicly commit to pay your workers a minimum real wage of $25,000 annually so they can support a family, and;
- Immediately end your attempts to suppress workers’ rights by reinstating and rescinding punishment of the more than 70 Walmart workers who were unjustly targeted for standing up.
Failure to act will result in intensified actions nationwide.
Why this is Important Now:
Ten current or recently fired Walmart workers were arrested in Washington, DC in late August for peaceful civil disobedience near Walmart's downtown office. This action comes after the company fired or disciplined more than 70 workers for going on strike. Workers announced that if Walmart did not reinstate the illegally fired workers and publicly commit to pay a decent wage by Labor Day, the company will face some of the most intense actions it has seen to date. Labor Day came and went and Walmart is yet to respond, so workers are mobilizing for actions on September 5th. Below is a note from one of the arrested workers, Brandon Garrett, pictured at right.
I was raised by a strong single mother. I owe her everything. She taught me how to work hard and stand up for what is right.
I did well in high school and loved sports. In college, I became a collegiate athlete and my future looked bright. That’s when my mom got sick. She wasn’t able to support herself, so I made a tough choice. I moved home and got a job at Walmart to help support my mom.
I soon found that Walmart didn’t pay me enough to get by. We were constantly understaffed and stretched thin. Worst of all, we were treated with such a lack of respect they made you feel like you weren’t even a human being.
That’s why I decided to stand up. I went on a legally protected strike in June and traveled all the way to Walmart’s headquarters in Arkansas to defend my coworkers’ right to stand up.
But when I got home, Walmart fired me. I’m not the only one. Since June, Walmart has fired or disciplined more than 70 of us for standing up. The company has written us up, cut our hours, bullied us, called the cops on us and even fired us for going on strike.
We’re not backing down. On August 22nd, we peacefully demonstrated in front of Walmart’s office in Washington, DC calling on the company to reinstate the illegally fired workers.
Instead of listening, Walmart had me and 11 other people arrested (10 of us workers and 2 activists).
It’s time to draw a line in the sand. Let’s send Walmart a clear message: Your failure to act by Labor Day will result in intensified actions around the country this September 5th.
With $16 billion in profits and the wealth of the bottom 42% of Americans combined in the pockets of the Walton family who owns the company, we know that Walmart can afford to create good jobs. Yet, Walmart continues to trap workers in poverty, forcing them to rely on tax-payer-funded programs and live in fear of losing their jobs if they speak out.
Since June, workers have seen an aggressive uptick in illegal retaliation against those who speak out for better jobs at Walmart. Workers with the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), however, continue to bravely speak out. Low wage workers around the country are coming together and standing up for better jobs and decent pay.Legal Disclaimer: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.