Walmart Escalates String of Illegal Acts of Retaliation Against Workers

Americans believe in speaking up when something is wrong and working together to improve our lives. The freedom of speech and freedom of association are core American values and basic rights enshrined by our nation’s Constitution. Yet while our basic rights as Americans are protected under the law, Walmart doesn’t think these laws apply to them.

In recent weeks, Walmart has escalated its illegal campaign of punishing workers who exercise their right to come together and speak out for change. In attempting to silence those workers who speak out, the company has fired or disciplined over 60 workers.

The recent string of firing comes on the heels of last month’s protest in front of Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. In late May, members of OUR Walmart held a nationwide strike and “Ride for Respect” caravan protesting Walmart’s unfair labor practices (ULP), which took them on a bus ride from Southern California to Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, leading up to Walmart’s June annual shareholder meeting. While in Bentonville, Walmart workers protested outside of the company’s headquarters calling for an end to its attempt to silence workers.

Barbara Collins was among the hundreds of striking Walmart workers that came together to protest in front of Walmart’s headquarters last month. She traveled from California to Arkansas in hopes of meeting with Walmart’s management and sharing her concerns of lack of respect and the need for improvement in working conditions at her store. But instead of listening to Barbara and the many other Walmart workers from throughout the nation that joined the Ride for Respect caravan, when Barbara returned to work, Walmart fired her.

After 8 years as a Walmart employee, Barbara is left without a job. Many of her coworkers have also been fired, for exercising their rights and trying to make a better future for their families. That’s just plain wrong.

But Barbara has not given up. She will continue to stand up and speak out for change at Walmart. Barbara and Walmart workers throughout the nation, together with the Making Change at Walmart coalition, are calling on Walmart to reinstate Barbara Collins and the many others who were illegally fired as well as to respect their freedom of speech and their right to stand together.

To join our calls on Walmart to reinstate Barbara and the recently fired workers, please sign the petition online at: http://action.changewalmart.org/endyoursilence

12 thoughts on “Walmart Escalates String of Illegal Acts of Retaliation Against Workers

  1. “Yet while our basic rights as Americans are protected under the law, Walmart doesn’t think these laws apply to them.” Most Wal-Mart employees do not believe that Wal-Mart is ran by liberals these days. Yet, what party in America today believes one has a right to freedom of speech as long as you are saying what they want to hear otherwise you are referred to as a racist and a bigot?

  2. 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

  3. I am part of the 60%. I would love to help. I have seen pallets dropped ppl shocked from bad wiring. And I was falsely accused of spreading rumors. They started use prepain buffers. The the fumes made me stop breathing. I was told to stay quiet or they would find a reason to fire me. I had my schedule changed without telling me I was counted as a no call no show. The list goes on. I was there over a year. Please contact me … scoobydee202@gmail .com I want to stop this

  4. I was accused of stealing money from the money center, when I asked them to pull up the video because I could prove each time in question where the money was. They continued to find a reason to fire me. They went back several months of video, back to a time where I was struggling to feed my family, My mom and sister came home from Cali to help me and she took me to the store to get some food when paying I used my discount card because the food/groceries were going to my house. And before my sister went back to cali she took me and help me get the kids school supplies again I used my discount card. But I was fired and put on a non-rehire list because I used my discount card and they paid trying to help me get past a hard time in my life. when I would go back to go in to pick something up I would have several managers/employees ask me what happened and ask me to come back because I was a hard worker. I can never go back not sure if I would want to know but I actually liked my job.

  5. the only way to get wal-mart to stop their practices is to hit them where it hurts. not by unionizing, but by simply making wal-mart a place nobody wants to go to buy stuff. Send customers to other sores. as long as wal-mart is making a profit, they will do whatever they want.

  6. I wish they would shut you down!!! You have knocked out many small business, treat your employees like s!$t, and those ignorant rallies in the morning do nothing but humiliate employees. You sell junk! Most of your items are NOT MADE IN AMERICA. They are made in Middle East Sweatshops. You being trash to wonderful quiet neighborhoods. For your company, it’s all about the $$$, no matter what. Myself, and many others, will never step foot in your store ever again. Oh, one more thing, you are not LBGT FRIENDLY. All of the above, will come back to haunt you someday.

  7. They wasn’t on strike they walked off the job. To go on strike you must have a union Walmart has no union. I am not on Walmart side but look at it this way I own a co. and don’t have a union. If you want to work for a union go fine a job with a union. Also look at this the union will cause the prices to go up. Who do that help.

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