Aida Alvarez: Speak out against Walmart’s Attacks on Workers

To: Walmart Director Aida Alvarez

Aida Alvarez: Speak out against Walmart’s Attacks on Workers
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We call on you to end management’s illegal terminations and disciplinary actions against workers who simply want to support their families and be treated with respect.

Your silence is hurting our communities. We call on you to use your position in the company to immediately reinstate all Walmart workers who were fired for simply exercising their rights. If you are unwilling to stand up for workers, we call on you to leave Walmart's board.

Why is this important?

For over a year, Walmart workers have asked Aida Alvarez to use her leadership role to make Walmart a more responsible employer and better community partner.

Yet, Aida Alvarez, a key member of Walmart Board of Director has remained silent. Ms. Alvarez is a member of the audit committee at Walmart, charged with overseeing legal compliance at the company. Alvarez is also a leader in the Latino community who often speaks about the importance of economic empowerment for working people. Her role on the Walmart board gives her an opportunity to make a real difference.

Now, is Ms. Alvarez’s moment to step up and lead. Walmart has launched a new wave of attacks on workers that cannot be ignored. The company is illegally firing and disciplining workers for standing up. This is not only an assault on workers’ rights, but an attempt to suppress our fundamental right to come together and speak out for a better future.  

In early June, more than 100 Walmart workers like me went out on a legally protected strike – the longest the company had ever seen. We were protesting Walmart’s attempts to silence us for speaking out for better wages and decent jobs. Apparently we got Walmart’s attention.

Since last Friday, Walmart responded predictably by illegally firing or disciplining me and dozens of my coworkers. 

But we’re not going away that easily. Instead, we’re coming together to ask Walmart directors like Aida Alvarez to use their power to reinstate those of us who have been wrongfully fired and disciplined. 

We need to send her a strong message before even one more worker like me is punished simply for trying to make a better future for our families and communities.

REFERENCES

Aida Alvarez: It’s time to Speak Up and Lead Change at Walmart
http://walmart1percent.org/aida-alvarez-its-time-to-speak-up-and-lead-change-at-walmart/
 
Walmart Fires Eleven Strikers in Alleged Retaliation
http://www.thenation.com/blog/174937/firing-5-walmart-strikers-condemned-rep-ellison-completely-unjust-and-illegal#axzz2XB8b3YeB
 
Meet the Billionaires Who Run Walmart (including Aida Alvarez)
http://www.thenation.com/blog/174607/always-low-wages-meet-billionaires-who-run-walmart#axzz2XB8b3YeB
 
Walmart Protests Break Out After Factory Collapse (Reporting on a protest outside an Aida Alvarez-led event)
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Walmart-Protests-Break-Out-Following-Bangladesh-Factory-Collapse-204625071.html
 
5 Arrested at Yahoo HQ Protesting the Firing of Walmart Workers – Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/6/25/headlines/5_arrested_at_yahoo_hq_protesting_the_firing_of_wal_mart_workers
 
(UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.)
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Reasons for signing

  • Diane G. 2013-06-28 16:49:11 -0700
    Firing workers for exercing their lega rights is just plain wrong.
  • Larry Z. 2013-06-28 15:15:18 -0700
    If Wal-Mart executed their final plan for supremacy among retailers. they would ideally be the only retailer left in the USA. We must stop them in their tracks before they become too powerful that nothing or nobody could stop them from being a monopoly in the world.
  • Charles B. 2013-06-28 15:27:47 -0700
    Everyone deserves a Equal chance to do a job reguardless of race or color. a given chance

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