Walmart workers, their families visit company Chair in his Phoenix hometown to ensure their message of free speech and fair treatment is heard
PHOENIX – Working mothers employed by Walmart, other current and former Walmart workers, their supporters and allies will hold a series of events in Phoenix and Paradise Valley to protest the company’s illegal firings and disciplinary action against co-workers who have struck to end illegal retaliation. Citing the company’s retaliation against workers speaking out against Walmart’s low wages and erratic scheduling, the coalition is taking action in Phoenix to deliver a message to Paradise Valley resident and Walmart Board Chair S. Robson Walton publicly calling on him to take the company in a new direction in advance of this week’s shareholder meeting.
As the largest employer of women in the country, Walmart workers help the company earn nearly $16 billion in profits a year and contribute to growing the wealth of the Waltons (including S. Robson, the company’s chair), the richest family in America.
WHO: Walmart workers and their community supporters, Spanish-speaking workers & supporters will participate and events will be bilingual
WHAT & WHEN: Series of public events designed to reach S. Robson (Rob) Walton, Chairman of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Paradise Valley resident:
- Community speak out on inequality: Monday, June 2, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Protest march and candlelight vigil: Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Protest rally: Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: Community speak out: Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (also march start point); March & vigils media staging: intersection of E Sage Drive and N Invergordon Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ
VISUAL: Community leaders, Walmart workers speaking out. Candlelight vigil Monday night along with a candlelight protest march. Additional embargoed visuals planned for Tuesday, please call for details.
The majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year – forcing many of them to rely on food stamps and other taxpayer-supported programs to get by. A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness shows that Walmart and the Waltons received tax breaks and subsidies to the tune of an estimated $7.8 billion in 2013. A study from Demos shows that a minimum $25,000 salary at Walmart would not only help families, it would boost job creation, consumer spending and the company’s bottom-line.
As workers’ efforts for change gain traction, Walmart is on trial for breaking federal labor law (the National Labor Relations Act) by violating workers’ rights. The National Labor Relations Board is prosecuting the company for violating labor law when Walmart fired and disciplined nearly 70 workers, who went on strike and shared their concerns with shareholders at the company’s annual meeting last year. If Walmart is found liable, workers could be awarded back pay, reinstatement and the reversal of disciplinary actions, and Walmart could be required to inform and educate all employees of their legally protected rights.