Walmart associates, Assemblyman Warren Furutani to rally about healthcare

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Walmart associates, Assemblyman Warren Furutani to rally about healthcare

Will voice their concerns about Walmart’s cuts to healthcare coverage

LOS ANGELES – Walmart associates and concerned community allies including Assemblyman Warren Furutani (55th District) will gather at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning for a rally around Walmart’s healthcare coverage and scheduling practices.

In the past year, Walmart has cut profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, and Sunday premium pay for associates. Now healthcare is on the chopping block, with premiums and deductibles going up for all associates who are still eligible for coverage. Any new associate working less than 24 hours a week will no longer qualify, and those working between 24 and 34 hours will not be eligible for Walmart’s healthcare in their first year.

What: Rally about Walmart’s cutting access to healthcare for its employees

Who: Walmart associates, Assemblyman Warren Furutani (expected), and concerned
community members

When: 9 a.m., Friday, October 28, 2011

Where: In front of the Walmart at 14501 Lakewood Boulevard, Paramount, California

At most companies, healthcare costs will go up about 7% next year. For Walmart associates, it will skyrocket by 20 – 60%.

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Making Change at Walmart seeks to promote the American values of equality, dignity and respect in the workplace. The campaign is making change by working directly with Walmart associates to claim the respect on the job they deserve, holding Walmart corporate managers accountable to hourly employees and the public for their practices, and joining with community leaders in major cities across America to make sure that any new jobs offered by Walmart meet strong standards for healthy, growing communities.