Workers Call on Walmart Director Mayer to End Her Silence

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Walmart Watch Blog | 4 Comments

UPDATE: [6:04pm]
Five people were arrested earlier today at Yahoo! headquarters when illegally-fired OUR Walmart members and their supporters occupied Yahoo!’s lobby, protesting Yahoo! CEO and Walmart director Marissa Mayer’s continued silence in the face of Walmart’s unjust and illegal retaliation against workers. The dramatic sit-in and march at Yahoo’s headquarters took place a day before Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting and following recent protests at Yahoo’s campus and Mayer’s Four Seasons penthouse in San Francisco. For months, Walmart workers and community members have raised concerns about her position as a board member at Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, which is facing pressure both from its employees and community groups over the company’s business practices at home and overseas.

Original Story:
Today, associates who Walmart has recently fired for speaking out for a better life are at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California—demanding that Yahoo! CEO and Walmart Board of Directors member Marissa Mayer acknowledge her responsibility to ensure that Walmart does not violate workers’ freedom to speak out and join with their coworkers for better jobs.

On the eve of Mayer’s first shareholder meeting as Yahoo’s CEO, the workers are joined by other OUR Walmart members, community leaders, and elected officials in calling on the company’s Board of Directors to take immediate action to end Walmart’s illegal activity and ensure that the company follows the law and respects the core American value of free speech.

Associates and community allies will also deliver a card signed by hundreds of supporters at last week’s Netroots Nation conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. The card asks Mayer to meet with Walmart associates to listen to their concerns and support their calls for change at the company.

OUR Walmart members’ calls for change come in the midst of a series of crises at Walmart: weak sales figures and falling customer service ratings due to understaffing; repeated, preventable tragedies in the company’s supply chain; and ongoing, costly lawsuits and federal investigations related to allegations of bribery in the company’s Mexican affiliate. Despite this host of concerns, Walmart directors—including Mayer—have remained silent.

4 Comments

  1. MEProudLIBERAL
    June 26, 2013

    The real Walmart Gestapo are the board members, go get em.

    Reply
    • floridanativee
      June 29, 2013

      Maybe they should try to do some productive work.

      Reply
  2. Melissa Navarro
    July 16, 2013

    They should go into their san jose store where employees are so lazy they refuse to help their customers, walmart used to be a very friendly place to shop now I’ve started shopping at Target!

    Reply
    • Connie Lee
      August 17, 2013

      Wow! You actually found an employee in the store !

      Reply

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