Friday, January 17, 2014

Leaked Docs Expose Walmart's Guides to Stomp Out Worker Mobilization

Retail giant also accused of illegally retaliating against workers who took part in protests

Andrea Germanos
(Photo: Marc F. Henning via OUR Walmart/flickr)
A demonstration outside the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Ark. in October 2011. Leaked internal documents reveal Walmart's attempts to stop workers from mobilizing for fair wages and decent workplace conditions.

The documents are two PowerPoint Presentations from the retail giant directed at employees and were published at on Wednesday.

The first PowerPoint is a takedown of OUR Walmart, which is a group of associates of Walmart working for workplace dignity and fairness. Walmart's presentation on OUR Walmart says that the group just collects money from associates ($5 per month) and that its goal is not to help workers. Rather, Walmart claims, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) takes and spends the dues in a way that harms Walmart and its associates.

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