ColorofChange Demands Walmart Execs Address Worker Abuses Ahead of
Black Friday Strikes
Civil Rights Groups Wants an End to Endemic Retaliation and Wage
NEW YORK, NY -- This
week, ColorOfChange has joined the historic, massive and growing
efforts to put an end to Walmart's years of well-documented worker
abuse and improve conditions at stores and factories throughout
their supply chain.
For the first time in the company's 50-year history, Walmart workers
are striking to protest their notoriously exploitative working
conditions-- and management's retaliation against workers who have
spoken out. Walmart has set the standard for driving down wages and
Black workers comprise nearly 20% of Walmart's enormous 1.4
million-strong US workforce. By supporting Walmart workers in the
fight for good jobs and a decent working environment, ColorOfChange
is fighting to raise the standard for the entire retail industry and
show Walmart executives that there's a price to pay for exploiting
ColorOfChange is working together with organizers, workers and
community members at OUR Walmart, United Food and Commercial Workers
Union (UFCW), CREDO, Corporate Action Network, and many others to
demand that the Walmart Board of Directors and Chair Rob Walton meet
with workers to take immediate steps to improve working conditions.
The following is a statement from ColorOfChange Executive Director,
"Walmart workers are courageously taking a stand against one of the
biggest corporations on the planet and saying enough is enough. The
gap between the rich and the poor will continue to widen and income
inequality will only worsen, unless everyday people stand up and
support this growing effort for worker rights and the government
works to raise the minimum wage and put greater regulations on
corporations that misuse worker. Right now Walmart has the
opportunity to raise the standard for millions of low-wage workers."
With more than 800,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation's
largest Black online civil rights organization.