Hold Walmart accountable to Black workers

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As the all-important holiday shopping season gets kicked off, Walmart workers are striking to protest their notoriously exploitative working conditions — and the company's pattern of illegal retaliation against those who have spoken up for their rights in the workplace.

Stand with workers at Walmart: tell Walmart's Board of Directors and Chair Rob Walton to meet with workers and take immediate steps to improve working conditions.

Here's the letter we'll send to Walmart's Board of Directors, including Board Chair Rob Walton. You can add a personal comment using the box in the form.

Dear Rob Walton and Walmart Board of Directors, 

I urge you to meet with Walmart workers to discuss wages, scheduling, benefits, safety and basic respect in the workplace, and to immediately stop any retaliation, intimidation or discrimination against those workers who chose to speak up about workplace conditions.

For over a year, workers at Walmart stores, warehouses and factories nationwide have been asking you to meet with them to discuss improving working conditions. Many workers have come together to form the group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). As you know, this worker-led organization has planned hundreds of strikes to occur on Black Friday — the most important day of the year for retailers — if management does not come to the table. I urge Walmart, as a global industry leader, to take this opportunity to proactively implement basic employee protections, which can set the standard for your competitors and ensure that every worker receives adequate respect and compensation. 

Black people comprise nearly 20% of Walmart’s domestic workforce, and in the past Walmart has supported many causes close to the hearts of Black Americans, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. I would hope that you would also show support, respect and dignity for Black workers, the cause that Dr. King was fighting for when he was killed.

Please put an end to the harsh and unfair treatment of workers who have chosen to speak up, and instead meet them at the table to discuss how to improve the daily lives of all Walmart workers.

Sincerely,

Susan

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