Call on Walmart's CEO to Listen to Women
Walmart is the largest private employer in this country and nearly 60% of its hourly employees are women. It sets the standards for the retail industry, its suppliers, and for employers in general. How Walmart treats women ultimately has ramifications for all women, not just those who work in its stores.
And unfortunately, according to many of its Associates, Walmart is not truly a place of opportunity for women. The company avoided accountability recently when the Supreme Court dismissed the class action status of Dukes v. Walmart, the largest sex discrimination case in history. And although (with much public relations fan-fare) Walmart just announced a “women friendly initiative,” the effort doesn’t address a core problem at Walmart: the way women who work there are treated.
Today, many national groups that advocate for women, including the National Organization for Women, National Women’s Law Center, and Family Values at Work, announced that they are joining Making Change at Walmart to stand with Walmart Associates working for respect from their company through the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).
Collectively, they sent an open letter to Walmart CEO Mike Duke asking for a meeting with OUR Walmart representatives and their organizations to discuss concerns. We want Walmart to improve its pay; system of resolution for employees’ concerns to more adequately protect women from sexual harassment; scheduling practices; systems for promotions; and sick, vacation and family leave policies to make them work for women.
Express your support by adding your signature on the open letter to Walmart CEO Mike Duke.