Victory! Walmart Responds to National Day of Action

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Walmart Watch Blog | 32 Comments

Last week on April 24th, hundreds of Walmart workers in 200 stores stood up to demand that Walmart honor its public commitment to be more consistent, transparent, and fair in scheduling shifts and hours for workers. They were joined by over 10,000 people taking action online.

Walmart heard their calls.

On the same day, Walmart posted an explanation of why workers have yet to see changes in their stores despite the fact that Walmart made a public commitment to addressing these scheduling issues four months earlier. In the post, Walmart claims that it had initiated a pilot program in two cities and lays out a timeline for expanding the program, stating:

“Walmart is piloting the program in Denver and Fort Smith, Ark., to provide associates with transparent and consistent information on available shifts throughout the store and give them the opportunity to request to work any of those shifts. Associates now have more transparency into available shifts outside of their department… The pilot program, which began Feb. 1, is scheduled to expand to more stores in July and roll out to the company’s more than 4,000 stores by the end of October.”

Since the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) started organizing over a year ago, hours and scheduling issues have been a central issue for workers speaking out for change. Inconsistent hours and erratic schedules often make it difficult for workers to budget and nearly impossible for them to take on a second job or go back to school.

This victory is a major success for Walmart workers and those of us who are standing with them, but we must remain vigilant to ensure that Walmart makes good on its public commitments.

32 Comments

  1. Satisfied wit having a job
    April 30, 2013

    If you don’t like where you work get another job! Losers!

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    • Vicki Stone
      April 30, 2013

      HEY YOUR SO NEGATIE !!

      THEY HAVE A JOB THOU IT’S THE HIGHER PPL WITH THE PROBLEM.

      YOU & THE HIUGHER PPL, ALL SOUND LIKE THE DEVIL ! IS HE YOU’AL FATHER ?

      ** GOD IS WITH THEM ALL SHOWING HIS FAITH, HOPE, LOVING – KINDNESS AND RIGHT MORALS RIGHT FROM WRONG ** :)

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      • Ric Heivilin
        April 30, 2013

        Vickie, take a breath and slow down and think about what you’re trying to say.

    • Janet, aged 76.
      April 30, 2013

      How nice for you. I’m reminded of people –like you–who tell women to get out of abusive situations. Nothing like a bully from the right preying on the most vulnerable. But then, all bullies are cowards, there are no exceptions. Want to take me on/ little boy?

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    • Retired union organizer
      April 30, 2013

      If you don’t like your job, don’t just change employers. Change YOUR employer. Organize to force management to act fairly, pay fairly, and provide fair benefits. The only losers are those who just give up and move on. Don’t agonize. Organize!

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      • floridanativee
        April 30, 2013

        How old were you when you retired>

  2. margsview
    April 30, 2013

    Well, nice to see ‘one small step’ —now if all due corporate revenues were declared yearly in the right country —-and taxes correctly and timely paid—-even better. But then we are talking about the kind of integrity that the taxpayer base has accomplished for decades to solidify governments globally.

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  3. Hank
    April 30, 2013

    Thank for the Email but i,m Union and don’t like to support non Union Stores

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  4. sargette
    April 30, 2013

    I refuse to shop at Walmart. I have family and friends that worked there,
    so I know exactly what you are saying. Walmart should be boycotted
    forever.

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  5. Zach Blume
    April 30, 2013

    Step by step! Congratulations — Walmart workers pushing Walmart to actually dialogue on a collective scale for the first time! That’s a big deal, and it’s proof dialogue is possible.

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  6. floridanativee
    April 30, 2013

    How can Our Walmart claim to do this? They are not a union and have specifically stated so. They do not follow the rules of the union for organizing, Jan. 1, 2014 when ObamaCare comes in, then most workers will be down below 30 hours anyway. That is the real problem.

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    • MEProudLIBERAL
      May 1, 2013

      How can Our Walmart claim to do this?

      It’s called standing up to the Bentonville Gestapo.

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      • floridanativee
        May 1, 2013

        Our Wal-Mart failed to sign up as a union due to lack of employee signups. Now they illegally try to act as a union. Failed again. If Wal-Mart employees want a union, then form one, they have a very friendly administration to do it. Quit breaking the law.

  7. Ric Heivilin
    April 30, 2013

    It is truly naive to trust the home of PLANTATION CAPITALISM. This corporation is evil incarnate and not to be trusted as far as you can throw them. From the foreign sweatshops with envied slavery from this side of the pond to legal slavery promoted as Walmart’s business model, it is more important to to do everything possible to excise this cancer from the entire world. These people are neocons and greed is their only mantra at the expense.of others blood, sweat, and tears. I personally, would rather pay more than put another penny in this companies coffers. Walmart’s low, low prices are being paid for from all of the American taxpayers through food stamps and welfare. We should not be subsidizing Walmart’s business model. This company knows and encourages.its employees to take advantage of this corporate welfare and their sense of entitlement is sickening. There are probably no more than a handful of people in Walmart management that reaps the income equalling that of most countries and gives nothing back except to further the agenda of the Koch brothers A.L.E.C. scheme of the maximumization of profit above all else. This is but a sad commentary of the times, in bed with the Repuglican criminal outfit doing the bidding defending the myth of of the “free market “. The free market concept is nothing more than to allow for corporations to run all sorts of nefarious rackets by creating creeping legislation to de- regulate and abuse the system.
    _?

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    • Artisticidea
      April 30, 2013

      “The free market concept is nothing more than to allow for corporations
      to run all sorts of nefarious rackets by creating creeping legislation
      to de-regulate and abuse the system.”

      This is a terrific quote. I plan to use it or a variant of it in future screeds of my own :)

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  8. Artisticidea
    April 30, 2013

    Well let’s see if they actually deliver. Just providing info. about open slots doesn’t address the problem that may be – and most probably is – at the core of Walmart’s shift strategy: hiring many part-time workers rather than a core group of full timers is a classic union avoidance technique, as a way of avoiding overtime pay for extra work done on the margins of shifts, and as a way of avoiding fringe benefit fees. This strategy allows Walmart to avoid unionization as it constantly shuffles the shop floor with different combinations of faces, none of whom have a “full time” stake in the game, and are thus less likely to band together with demands.

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  9. tompnoonan1961
    April 30, 2013

    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 Wrapper
    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

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  10. Robert Beal
    May 1, 2013

    And there are the analyses that Walmart’s entry into a market typically results in a net loss of employment, while the argument that the local consumer gets better prices must be seen in light of the deadly wage slavery in Walmart’s international supply chain.

    Also, the social benefit of Walmart’s local civic involvement pales in comparison to the human potential that could be realized with even a slightly larger fraction of the Walton family’s grotesque wealth hoard being invested in social and physical infrastructure. Walton family members are wealthier than the bottom 30% of Americans combined, and CEO Mike Duke makes more money in one hour than a Walmart associate earns in an entire year.

    One of the least discussed impacts of Walmart’s U.S. labor practices is on state budgets, as a result of their shifting the burden of providing (enough wages) for their employee’s basic dietary and health needs. In Washington State, Walmart is #1 in employee DSHS medical assistance; nationally Walmart is #1 in employee food stamp utilization. This is a human rights issue right here at home.

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    • floridanativee
      May 1, 2013

      Wal-Mart pays more on average than the Mom and Pop stores it replaces. Why do you want consumers to pay more for their products. Remember, this isn’t about Wal-Mart or their employees, it is all about the millions and millions of dollars they are not giving to union bosses. If they were all of a sudden to given in to the union bosses, they would overnight be revered in the minds of the union bosses.

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  11. Robert Beal
    May 1, 2013

    From “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    Article 22.
    Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

    Article 23.
    (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
    (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
    (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
    (4) Everyone has the RIGHT TO FORM AND JOIN TRADE UNIONS for the protection of his interests.

    Article 24.
    Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

    Article 25.
    (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
    (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

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    • floridanativee
      May 1, 2013

      Wal-Mart employees have that right. There are very favorable rules in place to do so, but thee union bosses have so soured the the attitudes, even though the unions have spent tens of millions of dollars trying to, they have failed to even come close. This latest deal, is just the last in a long line of failures.

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  12. Lenny
    May 1, 2013

    I shop at Walmart only when necessary. I make it a point not to shop there because of its
    labor policies.

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  13. Tricia Hamilton
    May 1, 2013

    I know these workers are so nice and get treated unfairly compared to Costco & other places. Move on and leave them hanging.

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  14. jmgalati
    May 1, 2013

    Walmart only pays the minimum wage to employees of the Province or State the store is located in. Also they get the lowest prices by the use of their enormous purchasing powers and by putting a strangle hold on the suppliers big or small, so that they would be hard pressed to make a profit. This in turn drives down wages for their employees as well. Remember there is a cost to those low prices.

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  15. stun!
    May 1, 2013

    Shop at Walmar?t I have made it a rule that until Walmart returns to its original ways of doing and running their business with their workers with decent Labor practices! Giving both Workers and Costumers the respect that we deserve I will continue to omit them from my place to shop for anything regardless of their so called discounts!

    .

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    • floridanativee
      May 1, 2013

      They remain the largest retailer in the world without your business.

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      • MEProudLIBERAL
        May 1, 2013

        And don’t forget they are making a huge commitment to using WIND and solar power!

      • floridanativee
        May 1, 2013

        They are making a minor (for them) investments in solar to satisfy some greenies in certain markets. Bad idea, but I do some stupid things sometimes for business. Never heard of any wind from them except for your hot air. I want them to put up a big WiFi tower on the top of every store with a 30 mile radius. They would immediately grab the WiFi business and over 90% of the US population would be in their covered zone. I know you would stick with your web TV, but the normal folks would love it.

  16. Arbor Day
    May 1, 2013

    Great work, thanks very much from Lansing Michigan.

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  17. floridanativee
    May 9, 2013

    It is so good that Wal-Mart is making a commitment to hiring veterans. We need companies like this.

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    • MEProudLIBERAL
      May 9, 2013

      Yep, after fighting for our country, they deserve a low paying no benefits job at Walmart.

      WAKE UP IT’S ANOTHER WALMART PUBLICITY STUNT!!!

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      • floridanativee
        May 9, 2013

        The cream rises to the top. They will quickly become valuable employees because they have the work ethic Wal-Mart is looking for. They will not do just enought to get by and hope for a union to protect them.

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