Striking Walmart workers today are taking their call for Walmart to end its retaliation against and bullying of workers who speak out to the company’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, Ark. The action follows Wednesday’s strikes in more than 20 cities across the nation and precedes Friday’s annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Ark.
In Paramount, Calif., Walmart strikers linked arms and walked into the store wearing tape over their mouths with the word “strike” written in red (see photo above). Walmart mom Evelin Cruz, who works at a Pico Rivera Walmart, said:
I’m striking for Barbara, for Tiffany and for other moms who Walmart has tried to silence. Our families cannot continue to struggle on Walmart’s poverty pay and constantly changing schedules while Walmart and the Walton family make billions from our work.
At the shareholders meeting, the workers will urge shareholders to vote against re-electing Rob Walton as chairman because of the company’s systemic violations of labor and environmental standards.
Walmart mom and shareholder Charmaine Givens-Thomas, who will be speaking in support of a proposal to improve corporate governance at the meeting, says:
The Walton heirs have led the company to a low point defined by the hardship they are creating for working families, the inexcusable lack of oversight of its supply chain and illegal bribery—all to increase their massive fortune. Shareholders and associates want Mr. [Doug] McMillon [Walmart CEO] to lead our company back to a direction that Americans can be proud of.