“ColorOfChange congratulates the courageous member leaders of OUR Walmart for today’s victory. By standing together and demanding respect at work, they have forced Walmart to raise wages for more than 500,000 associates, increasing the minimum wage for the country’s largest employer of Black people to $9 an hour. The victory is a testament to the power of collective organizing by determined people to win change that will make better lives for their families."
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CJ Frogozo, 310 570 2622
Kayla Keller, 281 682 6212
NEW YORK, NY -- This week, ColorOfChange has joined the historic, massive and growing efforts to put an end to Walmart's years of well-documented worker abuse and improve conditions at stores and factories throughout their supply chain. For the first time in the company's 50-year history, Walmart workers are striking to protest their notoriously exploitative working conditions and management's retaliation against workers who have spoken out.
Walmart has set the standard for driving down wages and maximizing profits. Black workers comprise nearly 20% of Walmart's enormous 1.4 million-strong US workforce. By supporting Walmart workers in the fight for good jobs and a decent working environment, ColorOfChange is fighting to raise the standard for the entire retail industry and show Walmart executives that there's a price to pay for exploiting their workforce.
ColorOfChange is working together with organizers, workers and community members at OUR Walmart, United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), CREDO, Corporate Action Network, and many others to demand that the Walmart Board of Directors and Chair Rob Walton meet with workers to take immediate steps to improve working conditions.
The following is a statement from ColorOfChange Executive Director, Rashad Robinson:
"Walmart workers are courageously taking a stand against one of the biggest corporations on the planet and saying enough is enough. The gap between the rich and the poor will continue to widen and income inequality will only worsen, unless everyday people stand up and support this growing effort for worker rights and the government works to raise the minimum wage and put greater regulations on corporations that misuse worker. Right now Walmart has the opportunity to raise the standard for millions of low-wage workers."
With more than 850,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.