Worker Organization Files Federal Charge against Walmart

  Worker Organization Files Federal Charge against Walmart

              OUR Walmart Points to Walmart’s Threats to Workers

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- November 21, 2012

In response to illegal threats from Walmart managers and the company’s
national spokesperson, OUR Walmart has filed a charge with the federal
government seeking immediate intervention. The charge, filed with the National
Labor Relations Board Tuesday afternoon, cites threatsby Walmart toattempt
to deter workers from participating in legally protected strikes planned for
this week, including on Black Friday. OUR Walmart is an organization of
Walmart workers from across the country who are calling for changes at

“I want to send a clear message to Walmart: we will not be silenced,”
saidMary Pat Tifft, an OUR Walmart member and 24-year Walmart associate from
Kenosha, WI. “As America’s largest employer, we should expect more than
threats to our jobs when we speakout for what’s right. Walmart’s attempt to
shut down our protests is one more example of the company’s efforts to silence
any opposition that they face. We will continue to speak out because there
arereal problems at Walmart that need to be addressed.”

"We are working hard, trying to get ahead and create a better future for our
kids," Tifft said. "You would think that we'd be able to do that at the
country's largest employer, but when we speak out about our concerns, Walmart
has been trying to silence us."

The planned strikes, which OUR Walmart members announced would be part of
1,000 store protests on and leading up to Black Friday, are in protest of
Walmart’s ongoing attempts to silence workers for speaking out for better
jobs. Because the planned strikes are in protest to unfair labor practices
like silencing workers through scheduling changes, reductions in hours, and
even firings, workers are legally protected under federal labor law.

“Freedom of speech and freedom of association are basic rights for all
Americans,” said Rev. Eric Lee, President of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference. “We cannot allow our country’s largest employer to threaten their
employees' rights in closed-door meetings or in thenational news media.
Walmart workers should know that we support them.”

On Monday evening, Walmart spokesperson David Tovar made threats to Walmart
workers on national television.“There could be consequences,” Tovar said on
CBS Evening News of workers who do not come in for scheduled shifts on Black

“I saw David Tovar from Walmart on the evening news telling me and my
coworkers that there would be consequences if we went on strike," said Dan
Hindman, an OUR Walmart member from California who was interviewed on CBS
Evening News. "Yes, some of my coworkers are afraid, but this kind of
intimidation by Walmart management is an example of why we are going on
strike. I know my rights, and I’m not afraid to protest against the way this
company has retaliated against workers who are speaking out for what's good
for our families.”

In stores across the country, workers have been facing threats from managers.
Workers from a store in Fairfield, Calif.,recount their manager telling them:
“Home office gave me the freedom to say whatever I want. If any one of you
walks off the job or participates in an action on Black Friday that results in
the loss of store sales you will be fired and sued.”

“Walmart appears to be issuing serious threats to employees to stop them from
exercising their rights under the law,” said Erin Johansson, Research
Director, American Rights at Work. “These charges should be investigated
swiftly by the NLRB as concerted activity is a protected right. Walmart's
breach here is serious, and needs to be addressed immediately.”

Walmart workers have been speaking out about thecompany’s manipulation of
hours and benefits, efforts to try to keep people from working full-time and
their discrimination against women and people of color, but rather than
listening to the concerns facing 1.4 million Walmart workers, Walmart has
attempted to silence them. Some workers have also beenspeaking outabout the
early start of Black Friday sales – on Thanksgiving Day –which will keep many
retail workers from being able to spend the holiday with their families. Watch
avideofrom Walmart workers on why they’re standing up or follow the
conversation on Twitter at #WalmartStrikers.


OUR Walmart
Lynsey Kryzwick, 646-200-5311
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