Sunday, March 9, 2014

Labor wins, Walmart vows to fight back, help the workers

 What is fair is fair when you have Walmart with $469 billion in sales yet most workers
make minimum wage or $8 an hour, $6.88+ after taxes pay.

And knowing the fact that you are paying more in taxes to help feed the workers when
they should be making a living in the first place.

And "A secret behind Wal-Mart’s rapid expansion in the United States has been its extensive use of public money. This includes more than $1.2 billion in tax breaks, free land, infrastructure assistance, low-cost financing and outright grants from state and local governments around the country. In addition, taxpayers indirectly subsidize the company by paying the healthcare costs of Wal-Mart employees who don’t receive coverage on the job and instead turn to public programs such as Medicaid"

Yet $469 billion in sales! What is fair?
You can help the workers. Just contact Walmart and let them know what you think!

You can call 1800-WALMART and let them know you stand
by the workers, want better pay because you are paying for it now!

Print the Berkeley Walmart research on wages and mail it to
Walmart corp. And give one to the Walmart manager in your towns Walmart.
With a note I want to see this at Walmart and you do not want to pay for the
workers living when it should be their workplace in the first place!

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 SW 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
AR Tel. 479-273-4000
Fax 479-277-1830

State the same things on their website, under "Community & Giving"
Tell them to give their workers better pay!

Make the Call! 

 ~~~Labor wins two rulings, Walmart vows to fight back
Labor advocates scored two legal victories this week in their multi-pronged campaign
against retail giant Walmart: at the National Labor Relations Board, and in a federal court
in Southern California. In both cases, Walmart has pledged to fight the charges.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder, of California's Central District,
reaffirmed an earlier decision that a class-action lawsuit (Carrillo v. Schneider Logistics)
filed on behalf of warehouse workers who loaded goods for Walmart outside Los Angeles,
can go forward. The judge rejected the claim by Walmart and Schneider (a national logistics
company that operates warehouses for Walmart), that she should dismiss the lawsuit
because the warehouse workers were directly employed and paid by subcontractors
(in this case, temporary staffing agencies), and not Walmart or Schneider.

And on Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel issued a
formal complaint against Walmart for allegedly taking illegal retaliation against dozens of
Walmart workers in 14 states. Those workers (many affiliated with the group OUR Walmart,
backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union) had engaged in protests and
strikes over wages and working conditions. More than sixty Walmart supervisors
and one company executive are named in the complaint, for allegedly threatening workers
who participated in strikes at Walmart stores in May and June of 2013, in
California, Kentucky, Texas, Washington and other states.
The NLRB complaint says the workers were given written and verbal warnings and
reprimands for striking. The complaint also says Walmart has miscategorized time spent
on strike as an ‘unexcused absence’ from work.

Walmart spokesman  Kory Lundberg told Marketplace on Wednesday that the company
looks forward to making its case on the merits of the NLRB complaint, and believes it
will be vindicated. The case will come before an administrative law judge after
Walmart files its response to the general counsel’s complaint at the end of January.
The judge’s decision on Walmart’s culpability will then be accepted or rejected by
the full five-member NLRB board.

"No reasonable person thinks it’s OK for someone to come and go from scheduled
shifts as part of a union-organized campaign without being held accountable,"
Lundberg said of the Walmart workers who went on strike at stores last year.

Labor attorney Michael Rubin of Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco, who is
representing warehouse workers in the Carrillo case and has followed the worker-retaliation
case as well, says the NLRB complaint is significant. "Retaliation is usually an
individual-by-individual matter," says Rubin. "It is a big deal if a company had a
nationwide policy or practice, established, implemented, or overseen from
corporate headquarters, to retaliate against on-the-ground employees."

In reference to Judge Snyder’s denial of Walmart’s motion to dismiss the
Carrillo class-action case (which alleges wage theft and other labor violations in
Southern California warehouses operated for Walmart), Rubin says the judge has
let the plaintiffs’ argument that Walmart was a 'joint employer' of the workers go forward.
That is in spite of Walmart's claim that it was a 'customer' of the warehouse operator,
Schneider Logistics, and wasn’t directly responsible for the subcontracted
temporary workers’ wages or working conditions.

No comments: