Contact: Derrick Plummer, 202.466.1576; Connor Osetek, 646.200.5282; Amaya Smith, 202.637.5142
Emboldened by CEO Disclosure that Hundreds of Thousands of Walmart Workers Are Paid Less than $25K a Year,
GROWING NUMBER OF PROTESTS PLANNED AT WORLD’S LARGEST RETAILER
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying the country’s largest employer should use its $17 billion in annual profits to do more to improve jobs, and in turn, the economy, leaders of community organizations, online membership groups and worker organizations will join a media call on Monday to discuss their commitments to stand with Walmart workers on and leading up to Black Friday. The groups are standing with workers and mobilizing their memberships to call on the mega-retailer to end illegal retaliation against workers, pay a minimum of $25,000 a year and provide full-time work.
Since 30,000 workers and supporters participated in strikes and protests on Black Friday 2012, calls for change at the country’s largest retailer and employer have been intensifying, putting Walmart on the defensive. Citing low wages, manipulative scheduling, understaffing and unsafe working conditions, members of Congress,economic and policy experts, shareholders and financial analysts are pointing to practices that Walmart must end to improve jobs, strengthen the economy—and the company’s bottom line.
WHAT: Press Conference Call
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 18 at 2:15 pm ET
WHO: OUR Walmart
Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Joseph T. Hansen, International President, UFCW
Linda Meric, Executive Director, 9to5
Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
Anna Galland, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Civic Action
RSVP: To RSVP for the call, contact Connor Osetek, 646.200.5282 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.