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UFCW’s Making Change at Walmart Campaign Recognized at UNI World Congress

UNI-Meeting-300x225A delegation of UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU local union presidents along with local and International staff from the United States and Canada is attending the 4th UNI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from December 7-10.

The UFCW delegation, led by International President Joe Hansen, was recognized by the UNI World Congress for the leadership and commitment the UFCW has demonstrated in the fight to raise standards at the world’s largest retailer through the Making Change at Walmart campaign.

Alongside Walmart workers and unions from Argentina, Brazil, India, and South Africa in the Walmart Global Alliance, UFCW Executive Vice President and Director of Organizing Pat O’Neill, who is also the President of UNI Commerce, spoke about the achievements of Walmart workers worldwide, including the victories on hours, scheduling, and pregnancy policy won by OUR Walmart members in the United States.

The UNI World Congress, held every four years, is the most important forum for the UNI affiliates who represent more than 20 million workers worldwide. During the World Congress, UNI affiliates discuss the challenges faced by workers around the world and devise strategies to promote growth through breakthrough organizing models.

The UNI Women’s Conference was held on December 4-5 and preceded the 4th UNI World Congress. UFCW women delegates along with women hailing from unions across the globe participated in the Women’s Conference to discuss and propos resolutions on equal pay, violence against women, and women’s health among other issues.

Walmart Workers Hold Protests in 10 Countries

Walmart action in India

Walmart action in India

Following historic sit-down strikes in Los Angeles last week, Walmart workers in 10 countries joined American workers’ protests yesterday, calling for change at Walmart. Citing similar concerns, Walmart workers in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Switzerland and the US said they were tired of Walmart’s failure to respect basic workers’ rights.

Workers around the world want to expose Walmart’s bad labor practices throughout the company’s stores, warehouses and global supply chain.

“I’m working to build the profits of the richest family on the globe, while putting my safety at risk just to go into work,” said one supply chain worker.  “The Waltons need to see and hear what they are doing to families around the globe.  It’s shameful.”

“I am worried about how I’m going to pay for groceries this week while Alice Walton has paid off a US$200 million luxury condo in New York City,” said Emily Wells, a Walmart worker in the US.  “The Waltons are at the center of the income inequality problems that are hurting the global economy and all of our families.”

According to UNI, The Walton family is worth “$150 billion and grows that wealth by more than $8 million a day.  It would take a Brazilian Walmart worker a total of 30 million years to earn the equivalent of the Walton family’s wealth.”

Yesterday’s protests were a sign of Walmart workers’ growing discontent with the company’s low-road business model. With pressure mounting globally, American workers and their supporters pledge to take action as Black Friday nears. You can get involved by visiting BlackFridayProtests.org.

UFCW Local 23 Members and Other Supporters Join Walmart Workers In PA in #FightFor15 Action

10285696_10152804505069890_8959568085191309777_oYesterday, at a Walmart near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walmart workers and supporters, many of whom were UFCW Local 23 members, held a protest as part of a growing movement of associates nationwide calling on the Waltons to publicly commit to pay a living wage of $15 an hour and give access to full-time hours for all.

The group turned out to get their message to the Waltons despite the rain, because the workers are tired of this retail giant setting low standards in the grocery and retail industry, and beyond. Some of the protesters also took advantage of the Halloween spirit by dressing up as the Waltons, as a way to portray their wealth.

In the next few weeks, Walmart workers will continue to call on America’s wealthiest family, who has a combined worth of more than 43% of Americans combined, to do the right thing.

To see all the action from the protest, check out Local 23’s facebook album:

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