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Update: 10 Walmart Workers Arrested in Protest of Low Wages, Illegal Retaliation
Workers Announced Labor Day Deadline for Executives to Make Changes, with Hundreds of DC-Area Residents Rallying in Support
WASHINGTON - Ten current and recently-fired Walmart workers were arrested outside the company’s offices in Washington, DC Thursday afternoon.
Citing calls for better jobs and an end to the illegal retaliation that have gone unanswered by the country’s largest employer, ten Walmart workers were arrested blocking the door in front of the company’s DC offices when company officials refused to address their concerns.
“Enough is enough. We cannot wait any longer for Walmart to do what’s right for its workers and our families and all of our communities,” said Barbara Collins, a single mother who was arrested and recently fired after six years working at Walmart in Placerville, CA. “If we are not reinstated and real changes to improve jobs are not made by Labor Day, we will be back to protest at Walmart stores across the country. This is just the beginning.”
“We’ve had enough of Walmart’s lip-service and lies,” said Lucas Handy of Fort Dodge, IA, who was arrested. “We need full-time hours, we need better wages, and we need our jobs back with the promise that the retaliation against OUR Walmart will stop.”
With hundreds of DC-area residents supporting them, the group rallied outside Walmart’s DC offices to try to get the company to publicly commit to increasing wages and end the aggressive retaliation that workers have been facing.
OUR Walmart, or Organization United for Respect at Walmart, formed just two years ago, when 100 Walmart associates came together to voice their concerns about the company. With thousands of members across the country, the group organized the first strikes in company history last year and helped bring more than 30,000 supporters to protest at stores on Black Friday in 2012.
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OUR Walmart works to ensure that every Associate, regardless of his or her title, age, race, or sex, is respected at Walmart. We join together to offer strength and support in addressing the challenges that arise in our stores and our company everyday.