Today, Walmart workers with the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) have a reason to celebrate. Following dozens of delegations to store managers and the launch of a national petition, Walmart has instituted a major shift in policy that will allow workers to get more hours when they want them.
Since its inception, OUR Walmart workers have spoken out about the struggles of rarely being scheduled for the hours they need to get by. As a result, the business press has widely covered the empty shelves and lower customer satisfaction that result from chronic understaffing in stores. In Laurel, MD OUR Walmart members stood up and got their manager to post open shifts to give more access to hours to part-time employees.
Unfortunately, this fix was not nationwide, but Walmart workers kept the pressure on. They went on strike to protest Walmart’s attempts to silence them when they spoke up about issues like too few hours and poverty pay. Shortly after their Black Friday actions, Walmart announced it would increase transparency in scheduling. Few stores saw these promised changes take effect.
With coomunity support and the signatures of thousands of Walmart workers and community members, Walmart workers held delegations at stores around the country last month. Walmart responded recently by posting important changes to its scheduling policy that will allow workers to get more access to the hours they need to support their families. This is an important step toward improving jobs at Walmart and showing that together, workers can make change even at the largest private employer on the planet.