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June 4, 2014 – Fighting for Walmart workers’ rights, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) has called for a national week of action June 2 through June 7 to coincide with the retail giant’s annual shareholder meeting in Bentonville, AR. Workers are demanding fair and livable wages, safer working conditions and an end to retaliation from the profit-driven corporation.
Today, June 4, has been designated National Strike Day and Action on Inequality. Members of OUR Walmart will join with union members, community groups and faith communities to strike against Walmart across the country to protest illegal retaliation against workers who have spoken up about inequality and have fought for their rights.
Walmart associates want to be treated with respect and dignity. They are asking for their wages to be raised to $25,000 per year, equaling about $13 per hour. The current poverty wages make it difficult for them to provide for their families.
The fight against Walmart is far from over, but two recent major victories provide some hope. Workers succeeded at increasing transparency and consistency in setting work schedules and a better policy for expectant mothers. Despite the success though, Walmart executives are keeping the new policies secret and do not want their employees to know about them.
Learn more about how you can fight for Walmart workers’ rights, here: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/our-walmart-national-strike-day-action-on-inequality