Washington, D.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement in response to Walmart’s unfair labor practice charge filed against the UFCW which seeks an injunction from UFCW picket lines:
Walmart is grasping at straws to try to stop a groundswell of voices from associates and their supporters who are protesting the company’s unlawful attempts to silence workers. Associates are exercising their freedom to speak out in protest of Walmart’s unfair actions against their coworkers. Supporters like UFCW members, religious leaders, community members and other activists are taking action to support Walmart associates and demand the company listen to its workforce to improve working conditions. There’s nothing in the law that gives an employer the right to silence workers and citizens.
The UFCW represents 1.3 million workers, 250,000 in the meatpacking and poultry industries. UFCW members also work in the health care, garment, chemical, distillery and retail industries. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class join our online community at http://www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by UFCW, we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, women advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials, and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Walmart is vital for the future of our country.