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OUR Veterans Group Wins Victory After Delivering Petition to Walmart Asking for Fair Treatment of Military Families

This post was adapted from Making Change at Walmart

lisaThanks to supporters around the country, members of our OUR Walmart are successfully encouraging Walmart to respect its military families, one step at a time.

Recently, Lisa Austin and the Apple Valley, Minnesota community delivered the petition workers and supporters signed with more than 14,000 signatures calling on Walmart to help workers who have spouses in the military care for their families while loved ones are on leave.

Walmart felt the pressure.

A spokesperson from Walmart headquarters, Kory Lundberg, even showed up to the delivery, and told ABC News that Walmart “would work with [Lisa] if she needed to take time off in the future due to her husband’s military drills.” Click the photo below to see the full story.

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You can also follow OUR Veterans (vets with OUR Walmart who are standing for change) on Facebook & Twitter to keep up with Lisa’s story. And share the petition with friends and family to tell Walmart to make this change the company’s policy and respect all military families and vets.

Let’s hold Walmart accountable to a national policy supporting its workers with loved ones in the military, so moms like Lisa can take care of themselves and their families.

Together, change is possible.

Tell Walmart to Discipline Managers Who Illegally Target Workers For Standing Up For Their Rights

Social-Media-Fight-Back-GraphicIn the past few years, OUR Walmart members have won hard-fought changes at America’s largest retailer. Their bravery, dedication and many actions calling on the Waltons and Walmart to treat Walmart workers better have led to reformed policies for pregnant workers, more transparent scheduling, a raise for Walmart’s lowest paid workers and improved working conditions across the nation.

This past Black Friday, protesters turned out at store locations all over the country, asking Walmart to pay workers $15 an hour and provide access to full-time hours so that associates can afford to make ends meet. Workers went on strike to protest retaliation against workers who stand up for such changes.

Instead of responding to these calls for change, many Walmart managers have been illegally spying on, disciplining and even firing workers who spoke out.

Despite Walmart’s publicly stated anti-retaliation policy, the company has allowed these managers to get away with targeting workers who exercise their rights. These managers have upended the lives of workers, leaving many with no answer as to where money for rent or the next grocery visit will come from.

That’s why OUR Walmart members are calling on Walmart to either discipline these rogue managers or own up to its anti-worker policy. It’s time to end Walmart’s culture of intimidation

You can help support the fired and disciplined workers who are fighting back, by clicking here to see which store managers have been breaking the law, and then signing the worker petition telling Walmart US Labor Relations Manager Vice President Vicky Dawson to uphold Walmart’s policy and immediately discipline or fire these managers that have been involved in trying to illegally silence workers.

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

Alice and Jim Walton

Alice and Jim Walton

A new report by Oxfam underscores the fact that income inequality is continuing to rise to dangerous levels. The report, titled Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, estimates that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will exceed that of the 99 percent next year unless actions are taken to curb inequality.

According to the report, the wealthy few increased their global wealth from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014. Based on this trend, the combined wealth of the richest one percent is expected to be more than 50 percent in 2016. The report also notes that just 80 of the wealthiest people in the world possess a combined wealth of $1.9 trillion, which is nearly the same amount shared by 3.5 billion people, or the poorest 50 percent of the global population.

Thirty-five of the 80 richest people in the world are Americans, and the top 10 ten richest people in the world include Christy and Jim Walton, heirs to the Walmart empire.