For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 15, 2012
Contact: Derrick L. Plummer, 202.466.1576
Worker Organization OUR Walmart Responds to Walmart’s Job Announcements
Washington - Today, while speaking at the National Retail Federation conference, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive Bill Simon made a number of statements about jobs, including that the company would change its part-time scheduling practices. OUR Walmart, with the support of tens of thousands of supporters, has been calling on the company to create better jobs at the country’s largest employer.
Statement from OUR Walmart member Venanzi Luna:
“Standing up for more hours has been an integral part of the work we’ve been doing and last November during Black Friday, OUR Walmart called on Walmart to address its part-time scheduling policy. With today’s announcement it is clear Walmart is reacting to the calls for change from OUR Walmart and the tens of thousands of supporters who have been standing up to the company. We will continue to raise our voices until Walmart is truly acting as the employer and neighbor that America needs.
“Trying to pay the bills by piecing together part-time hours is the reality for tens of thousands of Walmart workers across the country. And as the largest employer in the country, with more than $16 billion in annual profits, Walmart can afford to do more for American workers.
“Addressing part-time scheduling is a win for Walmart workers who have been calling on the company to address insufficient scheduling, but we need these words to translate into real action, and we will continue to speak out to make sure that Walmart is addressing this problem, not just making a publicity statement.”
Making Change at Walmart is a campaign challenging Walmart to help rebuild our economy and strengthen working families. Anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW), we are a coalition of Walmart associates, union members, small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens who believe that changing Wal-mart is vital for the future of our country.