Today, brave Walmart store workers in the Los Angeles area went on strike against Walmart. Dozens of workers are protesting Walmart’s unlawful retaliation against store workers who have spoken out for change.
Fresh off a 15-day strike to protest similar retaliation and a 50-mile march for safe jobs, warehouse workers joined striking Walmart associates on the picket line in Pico Rivera, California.
“We support you 110 percent,” said Carlos Martinez, a warehouse worker who went on strike Sept. 12. “When we have stood up to improve our jobs, warehouse workers have also been retaliated against.”
Martinez and other warehouse workers load and unload Walmart merchandise in large contracted-warehouses just east of Los Angeles, in Southern California’s Inland Empire.
Workers have had Enough
Stand with these brave workers by signing a letter to show your support for their efforts to stand up to the world’s largest retailer.
Over the last year, Walmart workers have been organizing through the Associate-led Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Rather than meeting with these workers to discuss their concerns about staffing levels, benefits, wages, above-all-else respect in the workplace, Walmart has ignored their attempts. Walmart has met workers’ calls with attempts to silence them and prevent them from speaking out.
The company has unlawfully retaliated against workers who have spoken out through the organization through such unlawful acts as unfair disciplinary action, cutting back hours and even termination.
Looking for more?
View photos of the Pico Rivera rally here. Learn more about OUR Walmart here. Read about the strike and warehouse workers in The New York Times, in the Huffington Post here and a comprehensive piece about the historic strike in Salon.