Day 1 on the Ride for Respect!

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in updates, Walmart Watch Blog | 3 Comments

As you may have heard, OUR Walmart kicked off its Ride for Respect on Tuesday, with caravans of OUR Walmart members around the country embarking on an almost two week-long journey that will pick up other associates, activists, and supporters along the way to Bentonville, Arkansas for the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting on June 7th.

On the same day that the caravans launched on their Ride for Respect, several Walmart associates in Miami, parts of Massachusetts, and the California Bay Area have walked off the job—the first of many to participate in a prolonged, ULP strike.

OUR Walmart members from California’s Bay Area have already been busy.  Members from the caravan stopped by the homes of Greg Penner and Marissa Mayer, both on Walmart’s Board of Directors, in hopes of having a conversation about Walmart’s retaliation against its workers.  Since neither were home, the group left letters of concern at the homes, as well as OUR Walmart t-shirts signed by the associates.

On Monday night, the Bay Area caravan hosted a Nitro action at which an associate walked off the job and was supported by other OUR Walmart members.

One of the associates on the Bay Area caravan, Dominic Ware, shares his story below, and speaks about why he is part of Ride for Respect this year:

“Hello My name is Dominic Ware and I have worked at Walmart Store #5434 in San Leandro Californa for 2 years now. I make $8.65 an hour which does not even cover my commute to and from work let alone allow me to have a place to live. Sometimes I go without food and have to wait until the next paycheck to be able to have food.

Dominic Ware (far right) and other OUR Walmart members in Bentonville last year

Dominic Ware (far right) and other OUR Walmart members in Bentonville last year

While growing up as a child my mother was a very powerful leader in my Community. My mother was very involved in education. It was a necessity to have. She stood up for education and instilled that in me. My mother was a very strong individual and never bowed down to any man. I believe that’s why I stand up for what is right is because that is how I was raised.

I have seen Walmart retaliate against people for standing up with OUR Walmart. My hours were cut the week before I went out on strike for Bentonville 2013.

[But] being a member of OUR Walmart means encouragement and empowerment to me. Being a part of the Organization means I do not have to stand alone and that I have people to relate with. This is important to any leader of a store because Walmart tries to isolate them and make it seem like they are the only ones that see the problem. Its bigger than the individual and the store, its really the company that is the problem. Being a part of OUR Walmart shatters the image of isolation and brings to life the vision and power of togetherness.

I am going to Bentonville because the first time we went we got a little response. The second time we went we got some questions answered and now I am hopeful minded to end the retaliation.

We had an Awesome Kick Off and without a hitch. The action was very peaceful and the police encounters went smooth. The bus is cool because we are allowed to stretch our legs and the actions along the way. I am glad I am here where I am supposed to be. Excited for tomorrow!!!”

 

You can support workers like Dominic by signing the petition here. Stay tuned for more stories and updates from the Ride for Respect!

 

 

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Legal Disclaimer: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.

3 Comments

  1. Deon
    May 30, 2013

    That is the condition it seems all over the country with Walmart. It is said that as big of company they are they would be so CHEAP AND DISRESPECTFUL to their DEDICATED EMPLOYEES. No incentative to the workers at all. But remember OWNERS OF WALMART. What you do here on earth is paid in THE END for you. YOUR GREED WILL SEND YOU TO A PLACE OF NO RETURN. I visited the Walmart in Los Angeles,CA and the manager and asst. I seen were out right HARASSING THE EMPLOYEES as if they were slaves of some sort. It was SAD to see. I hope it changes. People all over the world spend to much of money to this company for them to treat employees the way they do. The benefits, the way the make the afraid to use there sick / vacation time in HORRIBLE… And I really think EMPLOYEES ALL OVER NEED TO BAND TOGETHER AND DO A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST THEM !!!!!

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  2. tompnoonan1961
    May 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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  3. Mary Pat
    May 31, 2013

    I want to commend the brave associates that are taking a stand for all associates by participating in the Ride for Respect. It is not an easy choice to make but one that is needed in order to get this company to hear us. I know the fear for many associates is tremendous, but you can get past it. Someone once gave me some words to live by and I would like to share this with you – The fear of the event is greater than the event itself. Pretty much explains it – So, get past the fear, go to the webpage ForRespect.org & sign up & join us – thank you

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