FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 08, 2012
CONTACT: Janna Pea, 202-412-5362, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement by Mary Pat Tifft regarding Walmart’s opening on Thanksgiving night:
“This Thanksgiving, while millions of families plan to spend quality time with their loved ones, many Walmart workers have been told we will be stocking shelves and preparing for doors to open at 8pm on Thanksgiving night.
My son is coming home from Afghanistan for the holiday, and I would be devastated if I had been scheduled to work. I see the disappointment in the eyes of my co-workers, especially those with young kids, that aren’t going to be able to share the holiday with their families.
This early opening is one more example of Walmart’s disconnect with the workers who keep its stores running and disregard for all of our families. As the largest employer in the country, Walmart could be setting a standard for businesses to value families, but instead, this is one more Walmart policy that hurts the families of workers at its stores.”
Mary Pat Tifft has worked at Walmart in Kenosha, WI for 24 years and is one of the many workers scheduled to work during the Thanksgiving holiday. She is one of the founding members of OUR Walmart, the associate-led organization that aims to ensure every Walmart employee is treated with respect, raise employee working standards, and improve customer service at Walmart stores nationwide.