Walmart Workers in Maryland and Texas Walk Off Job

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Washington, DC-  Today at noon, Walmart workers in Maryland and Texas citing Unfair Labor Practices (ULP)committed by Walmart, walked off the job in protest of the company’s attempts to silence workers who speak out for better jobs.  The worker’s action come in response to reports of Walmart managers in Maryland and across the country telling Walmart workers that their actions taken last Black Friday were illegal, any future attempts to strike would be illegal and punishable, and for associating or even talking with Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) could lead to termination.

“What I know based on my conversations with other OUR Walmart leaders and other associates from Walmart Associates in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Maryland and other states last week Walmart managers started reading a memo to employees stating that their right to strike are illegal and if they did not stop taking action against the company they would be punished,” said Coly Harris, a Dallas, TX Walmart Associate, OUR Walmart leader and striker.  “Not only are such statements to employees illegal but they are threatening and intimidating and no one should have to endure that.  I along with other Walmart associates work hard to support our families and support our community, as a worker I should have the right to do my job free from intimidation and threats.”

Walmart workers have been speaking out about the company’s manipulation of hours and benefits, efforts to try to keep people from working full-time and discrimination against women and people of color, but rather than listening to the concerns facing 1.4 million Walmart workers, Walmart has attempted to silence them.

Last October, OUR Walmart leaders held the first-ever strikes against the mega-retailer.  At that time, workers walked off their jobs in more than 12 cities and with the support of national and local leaders, held protests at more than 200 stores. Since then, workers have walked off the job in Richmond, CA and Dallas, TX, and support for OUR Walmart, the associate organization calling for Walmart to publically commit to address labor rights and standards, has continued to grow.

Striking warehouse workers, who move billions of dollars of merchandise for Walmart, joined the call to speak about the retaliation they have experienced for speaking out against unsafe working conditions, including extreme temperatures, broken and unsafe equipment and inadequate access to clean drinking water.  The workers from the Inland Empire, outside of Los Angeles, held a 15-day strike that included a six-day, 50-mile pilgrimage for safe jobs last September.

Energy around the calls for Walmart to publically commit to changing its treatment of workers and communities has been building. Last year, thousands of Walmart Associates and their supporters took unprecedented actions against Walmart in response to illegal actions the world’s largest private employer has been taking against its workers.  We saw Walmart workers walk off the job from California to Maryland, in protest against the company’s attempts to silence workers who labor rights, and standards.  And in the fall for the first time in the history of the company, we saw the first group of Walmart associates go on strike.  As a result nearly 1,200 protests and actions took place at Walmart stores for  its treatment of employees and the communities they occupy.

“The reason I decided to strike was because I cannot allow Walmart to mislead, threaten and intimidate myself or my fellow associates.  We have rights and legal protection and if we don’t stand up to these misleading and downright untruths now, Walmart will continue its behavior and that is just unacceptable. We must hold Walmart accountable for their actions,” said Harris.

Following the protest at Walmart’s Laurel, MD store, Harris and other Walmart workers went to the National Labor Relations Board to file an official complaint against Walmart for their latest action to silence and intimidate workers.<

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OUR Walmart’s purpose is to help Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards.  OUR Walmart has no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with it as the representative of Walmart employees.

  • tompnoonan1961

    let get Walmart change into United Food And Commercial
    Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all
    Walmart Produce Workers and for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all
    Walmart Bakery Department Workers and for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers, let get Walmart change into Teamster Unionize
    Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’s Club Truck Driver Workers and for all
    Sam’s Club Forklift Driver@Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Stock
    Person Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Meat Cutter@Meat Wripper Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for
    all Sam’s Club Deli Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department
    Workers and for all Walmart Customer Services Desk Workers and for all Sam’s
    Club Membership Desk Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers
    and for all Sam’s Club Cart Attendance Workers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Pharmacy Workers, let get Walmart Change into Communication Workers of America
    Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’ Electronics Workers,
    let get Walmart change into United Auto Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all
    Walmart Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery
    Installment Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all
    Walmart Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Health
    Care Right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart
    Store and without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club

    Think You
    Very Much

    From Tom P
    Noonan

  • floridanativee

    If workers want to form a union, there are procedures in place to do so. It has happened many times before. The problem is that the majority of workers don’t want to do so. The union just keeps wasting their members money on this failing deal. This has been going now into it’s third decade with zero success. No wonder the union membership has been dropping like a rock. The lure of the Wal-Mart employees millions in dues is just too much for the union bosses to ignore. Think of your workers and not your own pockets.