Ever since its inception, members of the worker-led Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) have been standing up to Walmart’s attempts to silence workers who speak out for change. This includes filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board when Walmart seeks to intimidate or silence vocal workers involved with OUR Walmart through methods such as unfair disciplinary measures, cutting hours or even firing workers.
So far, Walmart has settled or the Labor Board has issued complaints in favor of several OUR Walmart workers. The settlements have required the company to post public notices that it would no longer engage in illegal behavior such as trying to limit workers’ right to discuss wages, working conditions, safety issues, etc. and acknowledging that workers have the right to participate in group actions or discussions to improve their workplace.
This is just one small step in the larger fight to protect workers’ freedom to speak out for change at Walmart. The company is notorious for its attempts to silence workers, but OUR Walmart is demonstrating that it will not tolerate these actions and is instead standing up for workers’ legally protected right to take collective action.