Walmart workers demand justice; 42 arrested

Hundreds of Walmart associates and their supporters rallied in New York and Washington DC to demand that Walmart make a public commitment to pay fair wages that keep all of its workers out of poverty.

The New York rally was held at the Park Avenue apartment of Alice Walton, one of the Walton heirs who are the principal owners of the retail giant. The Washington DC rally was held in front of the Walton Family Foundation on K Street.

Delegations from the two rallies took a petition signed by more than 1,700 Walmart associates inside the respective buildings and attempted to deliver them. The petition demanded that Walmart pay a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and provide more of its workers with access to full-time employment.

After the petitions were delivered, some of the protestors refused to leave, and 42 were arrested for acts of civil disobedience.

The protestors said that Walmart’s pay policies are a major reason that wealth inequality in the US has grown to the highest level since 1928.

While the average Walmart cashier makes about $8.81 an hour and 15 percent of Walmart’s employees qualify for food stamps, the Walton family fortune, according to Bloomberg, is worth more than $100 billion.

Every day, the Walton family takes in $8.6 million in dividends from Walmart stock.

Their accumulated wealth is more than the combined wealth of 43 percent of the US population.

“The Waltons have made it impossible for me to get ahead and make sure my daughter goes to bed in a warm home,” said Fatmata Jabbie, a member of OUR Walmart, a nationwide organization of Walmart associates that organized the petition drive and rally.  “The Waltons can choose to turn things around and stop robbing working Americans like me who just want to raise our families. We need $15 an hour and consistent full-time work—now.”

Jabbie was one of the demonstrators who delivered the petition to the Walton Family Foundation in Washington DC.

In addition to demanding higher pay and more work hours, the petition informed the Walton family that if Walmart did not make a public commitment to raising wages and making more full-time work available, members of OUR and their supporters were prepared to take more direct action.

“If you fail to respond by Black Friday, (November 28th) the biggest shopping day of the year, we will hold massive protests nationwide,” reads the opening paragraph of the petition.

The recent petition, rally, and civil disobedience are the latest actions in a campaign for better pay and working conditions at Walmart that began more than two years ago.

As a result of the campaign, things have begun to change at Walmart.

After a member of OUR who was mistreated by Walmart during her pregnancy organized a nationwide campaign exposing the company’s lack of compassion for its pregnant associates, Walmart changed its pregnancy policies to require store managers to make light duty available to all pregnant workers who request it.

One the biggest complaints voiced by OUR members has been the way the Walmart assigns shifts in such a way that keeps many workers from working full-time.

After a number of public protests that included unfair labor practice strikes at some Walmart stores, the company finally rolled out an application on a company website that makes it possible for workers to increase their work hours by signing up online for open shifts.

At their recent rally, OUR members were joined by community supporters who pledged to stand with them if the Walton’s and Walmart continue to ignore their workers’ demand for fair pay and work hours.

“We are tired of seeing the Waltons enjoy every luxury this world can offer while the workers that build their wealth are unable to pay their bills,” said Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo at one of the rallies. “Income inequality will only be addressed when the Waltons and Walmart provide fair pay and regular hours to their workers. I’m here today taking a stand for Walmart workers, and I’ll be back on Black Friday with thousands of others who have had enough of Walmart’s destruction of the American Dream.”

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NLRB issues complaint against Walmart

The National Labor Relations Board Office of General Counsel on January 15 issued an unfair labor practices complaint against Walmart, charging the retail giant with illegally firing, disciplining, and/or retaliating against 117 workers who were seeking change at Walmart through collective action.

According to a media statement released by the NLRB, “The National Labor Relations Act guarantees the right of private sector employees to act together to try to improve their wages and working conditions with or without a union.”

The complaint grew out of efforts by Walmart to silence workers active in Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR), a nationwide group of thousands of Walmart workers fighting for better pay, benefits, and working conditions and a collective voice in matters that affect their jobs.

“Walmart thinks it can scare us with attacks to keep us from having a real conversation about the poverty wages we’re paid,” said Barbara Collins a fired Walmart worker from Placerville, California, one of the workers named in the complaint. “But too much is at stake—the strength of our economy and the security of our families—to stay silent about why Walmart needs to improve jobs. Now the federal government is confirming what we already know: we have the right to speak out, and Walmart fired me and my coworkers illegally. With a new CEO taking over in a few weeks, we hope that Walmart will take a new direction in listening to associates and the country in the growing calls to improve jobs.”

The NLRB complaint identifies violations in 34 stores in 13 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. More than 60 Walmart supervisors and one corporate officer are named in the complaint.

The complaint grew out of Walmart’s stepped up activity to silence workers after their 2012 Black Friday protests, which included strikes and demonstrations at Walmart stores throughout the US.

Some of the workers who participated in the Black Friday protests or who were active in the OUR organizing campaign were fired or punished in other ways after the the protests.

The NLRB complaint finds that Walmart store managers threatened workers with firing if they participated in strikes or protests, disciplined workers for engaging in strikes and protests, and fired workers for taking collective action to improve working conditions.

The struggle of Walmart workers has been one of the defining elements of the growing movement of low-wage workers for a living wage.

“Walmart workers are bravely leading the national movement to end low wage work,” said Bill Fletcher Jr., chairman of the Retail Justice Alliance. “Walmart is a major driver of the widening income inequality gap with its low wages that set the standard for retail jobs. We cannot get our economy moving again when the largest employer breaks federal law in an effort to keep wages down. Walmart needs to start following the law and improve jobs by paying workers a living wage.”

“Walmart workers like me are calling for better jobs for all Americans,” said Colby Harris, a fired worker from Lancaster, TX. “It’s not right that so many of us are struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year while the Waltons (the family that owns more than 50 percent of Walmart’s stock) have more wealth than 42% of American families combined.”

The NLRB announced in November that it would be filing a complaint against Walmart but held off on doing so in hopes that it could reach a settlement with the company.

It issued the complaint after settlement discussions were unsuccessful.

Walmart must respond to the complaint by January 28. No date has been set for a hearing on the complaint.

The NLRB said that it has issued other complaints involving Walmart and that other charges involving the company are under investigation.

In Kentucky, an earlier complaint against Walmart has been resolved.

Aaron Lawson of Louisville, Kentucky was fired after he passed out flyers and spoke out publicly for change at Walmart. As part of the settlement, Walmart agreed to rehire Lawson and provide full back wages for the time that he was out of work.

Sweden’s pension funds drop Walmart investments; Portland suspends further investments

Citing Walmart’s systemic abuse of workers’ rights, four state-managed Swedish public pension funds became the latest in a growing number of public pension funds divesting themselves of Walmart stocks and bonds.

Prior to the divestment decision, Handels, the Swedish union of retail workers, wrote a letter requesting a review of the funds’ Walmart investments to determine whether they matched the funds’ social responsibility goals.

“It’s a welcome and wise decision,” said Lars-Anders Häggström, head of  Handels to The Local, “Our union members have expressed astonishment when they found out their pension savings were invested in Walmart. If we influenced the AP Funds’ decision today, we are of course delighted.”

Closer to home, the Portland, Oregon City Council has voted to stop investing in Walmart at least until the end of 2014. City Commissioner Steve Novick said that the city council took the action because of the retail giant’s “voluminous” record of poor corporate  behavior.

Sweden’s public pensions, known as the AP Fund, are an amalgamation of six different funds worth a total of $140 billion. Four of those funds had invested in Walmart.

The AP Fund has an Ethical Council whose mission is to ensure that  the funds invest in companies that act responsibly toward the larger community.

In its letter to the Ethical Council, Handels said that Walmart had stifled employee efforts to improve their working conditions through organizing and collective action.  Walmart’s interference, according to Handels, is a violation of the workers’ right to freedom of assembly and association established by the  United Nation’s International Labor Organization.

Walmart recently fired workers like Carlton Smith of Los Angeles and Colby Harris of Dallas for participating in legal unfair labor practices strikes and for organizing fellow workers. Smith and Harris are both members of OUR Walmart, a group of Walmart associates organizing for change on the job. Other members of OUR Walmart have also been fired or disciplined for trying to improve working conditions and for speaking out for change.

The Ethical Council had opened a dialogue with Walmart in an attempt to find common ground that would allow the funds to continue to hold investments in the company, but after extensive talks, the council reported to the funds’ managers that “Walmart continues to fall short of (the) dialogue(‘s) objectives.”

“We welcome this important decision by Sweden’s pension funds, and the work of our affiliate union, Handels, in making it happen,” said Phillip Jennings, the general secretary of UNI, a worldwide confederation of commercial worker unions. “This is yet more evidence that Walmart values its profits over the human rights of its own workforce.

“The world’s pension funds are deserting Walmart in droves, and rightly so,” added Jennings. “It is about time the company showed the sort of responsibility that should come with being the world’s biggest employer.”

In 2006, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, which at the time was worth $240 billion, divested itself of Walmart of  $400 million worth of the company’s stock. According to Stacy Mitchell, writing for the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the Norwegian decision was based on a report by its own ethical council.

After examining Walmart’s practices in North America, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and China, the council concluded that  continuing to invest in Walmart would make the fund complicit “in serious, systematic or gross violations of norms” including the forcing employees to work overtime without compensation, discrimination against women,  hazardous working conditions, and “aggressive anti-union tactics.”

In June 2013, PGGM NV, which manages the public pension fund in the Netherlands, added Walmart to its exclusion list and dropped its $183 million investment in Walmart from its portfolio because the company would not address PGGM’s concerns about Walmart’s poor labor relations.

According to a PGGM press release, “The policy pursued by Walmart in the US restricts employees’ opportunities to organize themselves in trade unions. This is not only contrary to fundamental principles and rights at work (ILO), but also contrary to the codes Walmart has compiled for its own suppliers.”

In Portland, the City Council voted unanimously on October 2 to temporarily cease investing in Walmart.

Commissioner Novick, who proposed the investment ban, cited the company’s bribery of Mexican leaders, its aggressive anti-union actions, and its decision to reduce health insurance benefits for employees.

The city, however, did not divest itself of Walmart investments.  In fact In September, it purchased $20 million worth of Walmart bonds.

Walmart workers arrested protesting low wages, lack of respect

Police in Washington DC on August 22 arrested 12 people participating in a sit-in at Walmart’s local headquarters. Most of those arrested were current or former Walmart workers like Brandon Garrett of Baker Louisiana, who recently was fired after participating in a legal unfair labor practices strike against the retail giant.

The non-violent action in Washington, organized by Making Change at Walmart and Organization United for Respect at Walmart, was a protest against Walmart’s firing and disciplining of 70 workers who have participated in legal unfair labor practices strikes. It was also a protest against the substandard wages paid by Walmart.

The two groups have demanded that by Labor Day Walmart reinstate the fired workers and start paying a living wage or face intensified non-violent actions.

Garrett and other Walmart workers went on strike in May and travelled to Walmart’s global headquarters in Arkansas to urge shareholders and executives to stop the intimidation and harassment of company workers speaking out for change on the job.

Because the workers struck over intimidation and harassment, it was an unfair labor practices strike. Those participating in unfair labor practices strike under law cannot be fired if they return to work unconditionally, which Garrett and the others did.

But when Garrett returned to work, Walmart fired him.

Garrett, who dropped out of college to support an ailing mother, in an email message to supporters said that after going to work for Walmart, he found that the store did not pay a living wage.

“We were constantly understaffed and stretched thin,” added Garrett. “Worst of all, we were treated with such a lack of respect they made you feel like you weren’t even a human being.”

Garrett like other Walmart workers is the victim of Walmart’s business strategy that continuously looks for ways to lower labor costs.

As a result of this strategy, Walmart wages are well below the retail industry average. The average hourly wage for a Walmart sales clerk is $8.23 an hour; the industry average is $10.35.

But the store’s workers aren’t the only ones affected by Walmart’s successful race to the bottom.

Walmart employs 1.2 million people, most of whom work in low paying jobs. As the New York Times recently reported, the low wages paid by Walmart and its competitors have become a major drag on the economy.

Low wages lead to under consumption, and under consumption leads to a stagnant economy.

Walmart’s low-wage strategy has even had an impact on the store’s recent performance.

For the second quarter in a row, Walmart reported a decline in same-store revenue, a key metric that analysts use to judge retail companies’ performances. Walmart same-store revenue in the second quarter declined 0.3 percent, forcing the company to lower its earnings per-share estimate.

Walmart wasn’t the only retailer to report bad numbers in the second quarter. The Times reports that retailers like Walmart and Kohls that cater to low-wage customers and pay low wages themselves reported across the board sluggish sales in the second quarter.

Ken Perkins, whose company Retail Metrics tracks the performance of retailers, blamed the sluggish sales on the fact that customers of these stores only have enough money to buy the bare essentials.

“There is a certain segment of the population that is faring well in this economy and have seen their net worth rise sharply with stock and housing market gains,” said  Perkins to the Times. “Then there is the much larger segment of Americans that are working in low-wage jobs, part-time jobs, that are struggling to make ends meet, and are living paycheck to paycheck. They are not spending beyond necessities.”

Walmart’s low wages and lack of benefits also mean that the public is picking up Walmart’s tab for health care and other human services.

A report released in June by the Democratic staff of the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce finds that a single 300-person Walmart supercenter in Wisconsin costs state and local taxpayers $905,542 a year in Medicaid expenses alone.

“While employers like Wal-Mart seek to reap significant profits through the depression of labor costs, the social costs of this low-wage strategy are externalized,” concludes the report entitled The Low-Wage Drag on Our Economy: Wal-Mart’s Low Wages and Their Effect on Taxpayers and Economic Growth. “Low wages not only harm workers and their families — they cost taxpayers.”

That’s why Garrett is urging Walmart employees, other low wage employees, and everyone else affected by Walmart’s low-wage strategy to take a stand for justice at Walmart.

“It’s time to draw a line in the sand,” said Garrett. “Let’s send Walmart a clear message: If you fail to act by Labor Day, actions will intensify around the country.”

Students and workers to the Gap: “No more fires, no more deathtraps”

About 30 members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), the Make UT Sweatshop Free Coalition and their supporters paid a visit Saturday to a Gap store in North Austin, but they didn’t go there to shop. At a pre-arranged signal, the psuedo-shoppers dropped to the floor to stage a die-in to protest the Gap’s corporate decision not to sign an international accord designed to eliminate deathtrap sweatshops in Bangladesh’s garment industry.

Three members of the coalition tried to give the store manager a letter urging the Gap, the second largest buyer of garments made in Bangladesh’s sweatshops, to sign the accord. They also asked for a five-minute meeting with the manager to explain why the accord is needed. He refused, the die-in participants chanted, “No more fires, no more deathtraps,” and then proceeded outside where they rallied in front of the store and were joined by more supporters.

Outside of the store, Sofia Poitier, a worker at the University of Texas and member of the Make UT Sweatshop Free Coalition, explained the purpose of the die-in and rally. “We want to show the GAP that we’re serious about them signing the accord,” she said. To emphasize her point, she read testimony from workers who were escaped a deadly fire in November  at a Tazreen Designs garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire killed more than hundred workers and injured many more.

More recently, a multi-storied garment factory building near Dhaka collapsed killing more than 1,100 workers.

Working in a garment factory in Bangladesh is no doubt one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The International Labor Rights Forum reports that since 2006, factory fires in Bangladesh have caused the deaths of more than 600 garment workers.

The Austin die-in was one of 35 solidarity demonstrations that took place Saturday in cities around the world. “For too long, our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh have worked long hours at a poverty wage rate of $37 per month, producing clothing in the factories that function as literal deathtraps,” read a statement by the organizers Saturday’s demonstrations.

(A documentary entitled, “The Machinist,” presents an excellent picture of what everyday life is like for Bangladeshi garment workers).

The appalling loss of life in Bangladesh’s sweatshops has led 43 clothing brands and retailers to sign an Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Some of those companies include H&M, PVH, the owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands, and Abercrombie & Fitch.

The accord requires independent fire inspections by fire safety experts and mandatory repairs and renovations paid for by the clothing and retail companies whose clothes are made in Bangladesh. It also calls for workers and their unions play a central role in making sure that the garment factories are safer places to work.

However, the Gap and Walmart have refused to sign the accord. Instead, they have criticized the accord and issued their own plan for improving safety that includes non-binding measures and no worker involvement to ensure that the voluntary safety measures are carried out.

Saturday’s day of solidarity was part of an ongoing campaign to get the Gap and Walmart to sign the international safety accord. In May, USAS and Jobs with Justice members blocked the entrance to a Gap shareholders meeting in San Francisco demanding that the Gap sign the accord.

Bangladeshi workers have played the leading role in the effort to improve worker safety in the garment sweatshops. In May, 20,000 workers barricaded a highway leading to the Ashulia industrial district where many of the country’s garment factories are located to demand better safety, fair pay, and a better life for garment workers.

Instead of listening to their demands, the government sent the police, who charged the workers firing tear gas and rubber bullets. More than 50 were injured by the police.

Walmart and the Gap aren’t the only US companies that have refused to sign the accord. JC Penney, Banana Republic, North Face, and Sears are some of the other US companies that have failed to sign.

Members of local labor groups including the Texas State Employees Union CWA Local 6186, IBEW, the AFL-CIO, Workers Defense Project, the Texas Fair Trade Coalition, Austin Tan Cerca la Frontera, and National Nurses United joined Saturday’s die-in and rally at the Austin Gap store.

Walmart, other US retailers decide not compensate victims of Bangladesh garment factory fire

European retailers on April 15 met with Bangladesh union leaders, staff from the Clean Clothes Campaign, and representatives of IndustriALL Global Union in Geneva Switzerland to discuss details of how much the retailers will pay into a compensation fund for the victims of last November’s fire at the Tazreen Designs garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh that killed 112 workers and injured scores more.

US retailers including Walmart, which was Tazreen’s biggest customer, were absent from the discussions. Bloomberg reports that Walmart and Sears, another Tazreen customer, are not planning to contribute to the compensation fund.

“We once again call upon Walmart and the other major companies sourcing from Tazreen to aid the families of the dead and the injured workers,” said Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign. “Their refusal to do so indicates a shocking lack of concern for the rights and well-being of the workers who make their clothes and who, in this case, were injured or killed in the process.”

Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity said to Bloomberg that by not attending the compensation meeting, Walmart and other Western retailers are sending the wrong message. “If they’re not there, they’re totally giving the message that they are supporting these death traps and they really don’t care how many lives go to make these clothes,” said Akter.

The European retailers present at the Geneva meeting are C & A of the Netherlands, KiK of Germany, and El Corte Ingles of Spain. Piazza Italia did not attend but said that it would contribute to the compensation fund.

The retailers and the unions are still working out details of how much each company will contribute to the $5.7 million compensation fund.

“We have agreed on confirming the concrete amounts that each of these brands will contribute by the end of this month,” says Jyrki Raina general secretary of IndustriaALL  “The families and the injured have already waited far too long.”

In addition to Walmart and Sears, other Tazreen customers that did not attend the Geneva meeting are Li & Fung (Hong Kong), Teddy Smith (France), Edinborough Woolen Mills (UK), Dickies (US), and Karl Rieker (Germany).  Li & Fung has, however, agreed to pay compensation.

In January Walmart said that it was implementing a zero tolerance policy toward contractors that do not abide by its code of labor standards. The company did not reply when asked by Bloomberg for the reasons that it would not contribute to the compensation fund.

The deadly fire broke out at the Tazreen factory on November 24. About 600 people were working in the factory at the time. Workers said that fire exits in the multi-story building were locked and that the building contained a number of fire hazards including faulty wiring.

At the time of the fire, five of Tazreen’s production lines were making clothes for Walmart, but Walmart says that Tazreen was a subcontractor and that the retail giant was not aware that Tazreen was doing work for the company.

Some of the most dangerous work in the world is at the hundreds of Bangladeshi garment factories, most of which are located near Dhaka in the export processing zone controlled by the Bangladesh military.

Since 2005, more than 700 workers have died in Bangladesh garment factory fires. A report from the Clean Clothes Campaign and SOMO says that “the safety record of the Bangladesh garment industry is appalling” and that “since 2009, at least 165 workers have been killed in Bangladesh in four separate factories producing for international brands.”

Bloomberg also reports that in 2011 Walmart decided not to help pay for safety upgrades at the Bangladesh factories that make its clothes.

On April 12, Sumi Abetin, a garment worker who survived the Tazreen fire, and Akter delivered a petition signed by 112,000 consumers to Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. The petition urges Walmart to meet with Bangladeshi garment workers and commit to taking action to prevent more tragedies in the factories that make their garments.

Abetin and Akter are on a ten-city End Death Traps tour of the US that began April 8 and ends April 26.

More walkouts at Walmart

Workers at Walmart stores in Dallas and Laurel, Maryland on February 7 walked off the job, and workers in Laurel filed unfair labor practice charges against the company. The walkout and filing of charges was sparked by misstatements made by Walmart managers who told employees that collective actions such as last year’s Black Friday events at Walmart stores are illegal and that OUR Walmart, the organization of Walmart associates that helped organize the events, no longer exists.

“Walmart is at it again – using intimidation tactics to keep Walmart workers from coming together to speak out for change,” said Colby Harris, an OUR member and Dallas Walmart employee, in a message to supporters. “Only this time it’s worse than usual. Now Walmart is telling workers that the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) no longer exists and that if they talk about it or come together to speak out, they will be fired or disciplined. These lies are an attempt to scare workers and keep them from speaking out.”

OUR members report that managers at stores in Maryland, Texas, Kentucky, Florida and Illinois all made similar statements about the illegality of the Black Friday actions and the demise of OUR, a national organization of Walmart associates with more than 1,000 members.

The managers’ misstatements were made after receiving a memo from Walmart US CEO William Simon. The memo describes, apparently not very accurately, an agreement between the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which like dozens of other labor organizations has been supporting OUR’s efforts to improve working conditions,  and the National Labor Relations Board.

The agreement resolves a November 20 unfair labor practice charge filed by Walmart against UFCW. Walmart charged UFCW with violating the National Labor Relations Act by organizing picket lines at Walmart stores for more than 30 days with the intent of seeking recognition as the bargaining representative for Walmart workers.

According to the NLRB, the union agreed not to picket or engage in confrontational actions at Walmart stores for 60 days and to publish a letter clarifying its position with regard to organizing Walmart workers.

The letter, which UFCW posted on its website and those of OUR and Making Change at Walmart, a community support organization for Walmart workers, states that UFCW is not seeking to represent Walmart workers and that it will not picket Walmart stores for 60 days.

The letter also says that even though OUR and UFCW are not seeking to represent workers both “have the purpose of helping Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their effort to have Walmart publically (sic) commit to adhering to labor rights and standards.”

In other words, even though UFCW and OUR are not trying to organize a union in the traditional sense, they are both committed to helping Walmart employees improve working conditions through collective action.

Both members of OUR and non-members have complained about Walmart’s lack of transparency and fairness in scheduling work, its manipulation of work hours, which prevents many workers from being eligible for benefits, its discrimination against women and people of color, and its lack of concern about addressing problems raised by workers.

OUR with the help of UFCW, other labor unions, and community supporters last year stepped up its efforts to bring these problems to the attention of management.

Last October more than 200 associates at 12 stores across the US walked off the job to protest management’s intimidation and retaliation against associates who speak up for better working conditions.

The Black Friday events on the day after Thanksgiving were a continuation of OUR’s efforts to get the attention of Walmart’s managers and executives. Public events such as picket lines and leafletting were held at 1,000 US Walmart stores.

Walmart said that the Black Friday events had no impact, but somebody at corporate headquarters must have been listening because in January Simon announced at the annual convention of the National Retailers Federation that the retail giant would make scheduling more transparent and fair and that the store would provide more opportunities for workers who want full-time work to receive the hours they need.

But while offering employees an olive branch with one hand, Walmart hasn’t forgotten how to wield the sword of intimidation with the other, which most recently took the form of the misstatements about and threats against taking collective action to improve working conditions.

“Not only are such statements to employees illegal and incorrect but they are threatening and intimidating and no one should have to endure that,” said Harris. “I along with other Walmart associates work hard to support our families and support our community, as a worker I should have the right to do my job free from intimidation and threats.”