Walmart Associates Call for Walmart Director Marissa Mayer to End Her Silence

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Press Releases, Walmart Watch Blog | 6 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Monday, July 15th, 2013

At Nationwide Protests at 10 Yahoo Offices, Walmart Workers Call on Mayer to Help Change Walmart at Yahoo Offices Across the Country

 

Multiple Locations Nationwide – At Yahoo offices in ten cities nationwide, Walmart workers and community supporters gathered to publicly call on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to end her silence as Walmart faces criticism over its widespread violations of labor law. Walmart workers and recently fired Walmart Associates asked Mayer to call on Walmart CEO Mike Duke to reinstate workers who were fired in retaliation for standing up for better jobs and asked her to help change Walmart or quit the Walmart Board of Directors. Protests took place in Boston; Burbank, California; Coral Gables, Florida; New York City; the San Francisco Bay Area; Washington DC; Sacramento; Denver; Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle.

Today’s protests come a day before Yahoo’s quarterly earnings call with investors and follow similar events at Yahoo’s annual shareholders’ meeting, where Walmart workers confronted Marissa Mayer. A day earlier, several Walmart workers and their supporters were arrested in a protest at Yahoo’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, major Dutch investor PGGM recently announced that they would no longer invest in the retailer due to concerns over the company’s labor practices.

Workers raised growing concerns that Mayer and other members of Walmart’s board have remained silent even as the company contends with widespread protests against its treatment of its workers, plummeting customer service ratings and weak store sales due to understaffing, and preventable tragedies in the supply chain.

“I worked at Walmart for years and never once was I disciplined until I started speaking out for a better living,” said Barbara Andridge, a former Walmart Associate who was recently fired in retaliation for calling for Walmart to stop retaliating against those workers who speak out for improved working conditions at actions surrounding Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting in June. “We’re troubled that while Walmart is breaking the law, Marissa Mayer is not fulfilling her role as an independent Director. Yahoo employees may wonder whether Mayer is brining Walmart values to Yahoo or Yahoo values to Walmart.” In early June, Walmart workers went on strike nationwide and traveled to Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, to call on the company’s Board of Directors and shareholders to end the silencing of workers who speak out and voice the direct impact that Walmart’s low wages and insufficient hours and benefits are having on the economy.

With this message widely resonating, workers assert that the company feels threatened and has doubled down on its suppression of associates. In the past few weeks alone, Walmart has illegally fired 20 workers and disciplined 39 more for taking part in the legally protected strike.

This isn’t the first time Walmart has tried to bully workers. According to a white paper recently released by American Rights at Work, Walmart associates who have come together to address concerns about working conditions have increasingly faced harassment, threats, changes to their jobs, and retaliatory discipline—including termination—for speaking out.

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Tom P Noonan
    July 16, 2013

    It is time for Walmart join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 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 Clothing Department Workers and for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers.
    It is time for Walmart join the Teamster Union for all Walmart Truck Drivers
    Workers and all 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 Walmart Gardening Department Workers and for all Walmart Hardware
    Department Workers and for all Walmart Customer Services Desk Workers and for
    all Courtesy Association Workers and for all Maintenance Workers and for all
    Sam’s Club Meat Cutter@Meat Wrapper Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cashier
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Sam Café
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all Sam’s
    Membership Desk Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cart Attendance Workers for all
    Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers. It is
    time for Walmart join Communication of America Workers for all Walmart
    Electronic Workers and all Sam Club Electronic Workers. It is time for Walmart
    join the United Auto Workers Union 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 a Living Wage With
    Affordable Health Care and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage with Affordable
    Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the
    Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club.

    Thank You Very Much

    From Tom P
    Noonan

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  2. Tom P Noonan
    July 16, 2013

    Union Yes for all Walmart Employee and all Sam’s Club Employee by make Walmart give all Walmart Employee and all Sam’s Club Employee a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close donw all the Sam’s Wholesale Club.

    Thank You Very Much
    From Tom P noonan

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  3. John Doe
    July 17, 2013

    i’ve worked at walmart, for several years now and have just watched things go down hill in the short time I’ve been there, my hours have been cut, and there is no job security, My store has been through three store managers in the past six months, the first because he encouraged workers rights, and had given ‘unsanctioned’ raises to several staff who had complained, moving their wage up to a whole 8.00 an hour, the other ‘resigned’ less than six weeks after she started after seeing the state the store was in. My store has stopped hiring anyone for more than 180 days, setting up a temporary contract which can be renewed, allowing them to work employees full time without giving them full time pay or benefits. I am paid 7.30 an hour and am lucky to get fifteen hours a week. I’ve moved in with family just to get by, and have been unable to find a second job to pick up the bills. Things need to change, Walmart is the largest employer on the planet, which means they set the standards. Don’t let them get away with things that smaller companies couldn’t get away with.

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  4. Lilly
    July 26, 2013

    Mike Duke is Jewish …>:(

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    • MEProudLIBERAL
      August 16, 2013

      Satan

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  5. MEProudLIBERAL
    August 16, 2013

    Vogue just featured a profile of Walmart Director Marissa Mayer (who is also CEO of Yahoo!). The story failed to mention that she is sitting by quietly as Walmart fires workers for standing up and going on strike. Don’t let her bad behavior slide! Post your comments at the bottom of this story: http://usat.ly/19ykEPo

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