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Wal-Mart Labor Group Asks Retailer to Sit Out of GOP Convention

  • Group plan protests, petition drive if company doesn’t act
  • Wal-Mart has donated $15,000 to the 2016 Republican gathering
Employees assist shoppers at the check out counter of a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Los Angeles, California.
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A group of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees and labor activists are asking the retailer not to support the Republican national convention, joining a chorus of organizations pressuring companies to distance themselves from the party and presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

The group Making Change at Wal-Mart sent a letter to Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon on Thursday asking the country’s largest private employer to speak out against Trump’s “racist, misogynistic, anti-veteran, and Islamophobic” remarks. If Wal-Mart doesn’t respond by next week, the organization is planning protests at its stores and Trump’s properties. Making Change at Wal-Mart -- which has previously lobbied the chain for higher wages and better benefits -- also said it will petition the retailer’s customers to sign on to the letter.