OSHA Announces Settlement on Serious Worker Safety Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2013

OUR WALMART ISSUES STATEMENT ON OSHA SETTLEMENT WITH WALMART

Washington, DC- Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has reached a settlement with Walmart on a large number of repeated and serious worker safety violations including a lack of proper training on handling of hazardous chemicals and dangerous conditions related to poorly maintained equipment. In response, OUR Walmart members issued the following statement:

“The national settlement reached today between OSHA and Walmart resolves the highest penalties any individual Walmart store has ever faced as a result of health and safety violations – over $350,000. The problems detailed in the settlement are issues we have been raising for years, but it’s clear that the company has consistently failed to listen to our concerns, let alone address them.

“This is just the latest indication of Walmart’s malfeasance throughout the supply chain, and these serious problems represent a major danger to workers, the environment, and the company’s future. As workers we routinely face inadequate fire safety measures, including blocked fire exits, and do not receive proper training on how to safely handle hazardous chemicals. Poorly maintained equipment, including balers and compactors, represent another hazard, made worse because these machines often lack appropriate mechanisms to ensure worker safety.

“We like our jobs and want what’s best for the company. We hope that today’s settlement sends a message to Walmart that cutting corners on safety comes at great costs, not just to employees, but also to the company.  Moreover, Walmart needs to go beyond the settlement, start listening to its workers, and investigate its stores throughout the country to see if these violations are widespread and where they find violations, fix them. These issues are about the very basic right employees have to work in safe environments.”

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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.

  • MEProudLIBERAL

    If you live in Idaho and don’t want to work at Walmart’s slave plantations stores you have a great option:

    Meet the Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocery Chain Being Called ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’
    http://business.time.com/2013/08/07/meet-the-low-key-low-cost-grocery-chain-being-called-wal-marts-worst-nightmare/#ixzz2bOFlv5jD

  • floridanativee

    Sounds like a great idea. Employee owned and operated. No union, the American way. As they take business away from Wal-,Mart, they will also be taking away business from the union shop groceries still left and reducing the overall percentage of unionized grocery workers. Employee owned also means there is no way the employees will be unionizing. Hope they come to my area. I’ll try to stop in next time I am in the mid West.

    • MEProudLIBERAL

      Alice Walton, Walmart cashier: “Would like some art work from my museum with your fries?”

      • floridanativee

        All of the children worked at the store in the beginning. At least she knows how to work unlike you.

      • MEProudLIBERAL

        Now she’s working on not getting another DUI!

      • floridanativee

        She had an opportunity to learn from the bottom up. She must have been one of the six to have missed it. The others have. She is obviously the one you identify with as you have never done anything productive.

      • Connie Lee

        yup, they have to be paying you

      • floridanativee

        Spend as much time making yourself better than worrying about Wal-Mart and you will be better off.

      • Connie Lee

        I’m just fine and I have had a great life. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and seen a whole lot of the world. That doesn’t mean I can’t do something to help those less fortunate. Very often through the greed of others. I can’t really understand why you are so defensive of Walmart and the Waltons, other than they are paying you. Why don’t you go get a decent job? It is rather surprising they have not fired you by now. You really are not very good at pr or whatever it is you are supposedly doing for them. Oh, the poor Waltons and Walmart, everyone hates them because they are rich. Wrong, they are despised because they are greedy and selfish. But they provide jobs, sure if you are happy living in a slum. The give to charity, yes, in a very limited amount, it gets bigger if they are trying to buy their way into a new area. And I read somewhere here today that someone thinks they give their employees stock. No, the employees can buy stock and have it deducted from their paycheck. Benefits? Most employees can’t afford the insurance programs they offer. Yes, they are certainly worthy of everyones sympathy.

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      • floridanativee

        WOW, you speak for everyone. I am so sorry, I didn’t realize that. i thought you just spoke for yourself. That must be a great a advantage in life to speak for everyone. I am in awe. I don’t work for them and don’t know them, I don’t get any money from them, but would sure accept it from most folks.Sam Walton made more millionaires than anybody else in history. A dollar worth of stock from the early days is now over $4,000. They have given away billions to charity. Your manta that they do it just to get new store site is wrong and is spread by the unions so the gullible (like you) will repeat it. They pay average wages for their business and have many, many people waiting to replace anybody they lose. The market sets the price not the employer. Right now in Williston, ND, McDonalds is starting at $17/hour with a $2500 sing on bonus paid in stages over the first year. Why do they do that, it is because that’s what it takes to get people due to the low unemployment. I know that Wal-Mart and other employers are crying for good people and promote them right away, It is up to the people to become that type of employee. Just why do you think I should pay for anybody else’s benefits if they are unwilling to spent the time and effort to make themselves acceptable for a good job. I did it myself and know it can be done.