Is Walmart “Neutral” on the Minimum Wage in Its Lobbying Meetings Too?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in updates, Walmart Watch Blog | 5 Comments

This post originally appeared on Walmart1Percent.org. Walmart spokesperson David Tovar told Bloomberg this week that Walmart was “looking at” its position on the proposed federal minimum wage hike. A different company spokesperson quickly corrected the story, telling Reuters that Walmart’s position hadn’t changed at all and that the company remains “neutral” on the issue. Of […]

A Growing Gap

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | One Comment

This week, the retailer Gap announced that it would pre-emptively agree to a wage increase for its retail employees, pledging to raise wages to $9 this year and $10 before the end of next year. Meanwhile, Walmart – the world’s largest private employer and the country’s largest retailer – continues to pay most of its […]

Dirty Work

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 4 Comments

As host of “Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe became the face of the working man. Maybe that’s why so many of his fans were surprised to hear about his latest gig helping Walmart with its PR. In the ad (see below), Rowe depicts the demise of American manufacturing, but promises that it will reemerge victorious. In […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Gap’s Decision to Raise Wages

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Press Releases, Walmart Watch Blog | 4 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WASHINGTON, D.C.-Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following in response to the Gap’s announcement that it would raise wages for its workers. “Today’s announcement by the Gap that the retail chain is raising hourly wages for its 65,000 hourly retail workers […]

Worker Asks New CEO McMillon: Will You Pay Us Enough to Care for Our Families?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 13 Comments

The following is a letter from an Illinois Walmart employee and OUR Walmart member to Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon. Dear Mr. McMillon: As the new CEO of Walmart, you have a great opportunity to lead the company in a new direction by listening to and respecting workers who are standing together for positive change […]

Walmart Among Lowest-Ranked Sites in New Personal Security Report

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 3 Comments

The following post was originally published by Who’s Minding the Store. A new study reveals that Walmart puts online consumers’ personal data at risk, given the limited standards Walmart requires for users’ passwords. Walmart was named among the lowest-ranked companies evaluated in the study, with a score of -35, on a scale from -100 to […]

Worker Asks New CEO McMillon: Will You Give Us the Hours We Need to Survive?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 5 Comments
Worker Asks New CEO McMillon: Will You Give Us the Hours We Need to Survive?

The following is a letter from a California Walmart employee and OUR Walmart member to Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon. Dear Mr. McMillon: Welcome to your new role as Walmart’s CEO. I was heartened to hear that you recently attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss issues such as global income inequality. […]

Five Ways CEO McMillon Can Change the Direction of Walmart

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 5 Comments

For two years Walmart workers have been bravely and courageously speaking out for change at Walmart. As Doug McMillon becomes the CEO of the largest private employer, there are five simple things he could publicly commit to do in order to improve the quality of jobs Walmart provides. 1)Pay workers a minimum of $25,000 a […]

CEO McMillon’s First 90 Days

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 3 Comments

As Doug McMillon steps into his role as new CEO of Walmart, he inherits a company rife with challenges. Chief among these is the growing consensus that Walmart needs to start providing quality jobs to its massive US workforce. Is he up for the task? Today, Doug McMillon will become Walmart’s fifth CEO and the […]