What is OURWalmart?
CLAIM: OUR Walmart, which is a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (“UFCW”), was created “by associates, for associates.”FULL STORY
FACT: OUR Walmart is a group founded and funded by the UFCW, and the UFCW has paid people minimum wage to protest.
SOURCE: UFCW 2012 LM-2; Daily Show Video; 2011 UFCW 990 Form; Forbes, 9/19/13
CLAIM: Walmart fails to provide real opportunities for women.FULL STORY
FACT: Women account for 54% of hourly promotions in Walmart’s US stores, and over the last decade Walmart has hired and promoted more women into managerial positions. From 2007-2012, for example, Walmart increased its female market managers by 92%, female store managers by 42% and female co-managers by 134%. In fact, women make up 27.5% of its corporate officers and 23.5% of its board, exceeding the retail industry and Fortune 500 averages.
SOURCE: Economic Opportunity Fact Sheet; Working at Walmart; 2013 Diversity Inclusion Report (PDF)
CLAIM: OUR Walmart claims that Walmart’s change in its pregnancy policy for associates is a response to their outside pressure.FULL STORY
FACT: Walmart’s enhancement of its accommodation policy to better accommodate pregnant associates is one of many policy decisions that help its associates. Walmart’s policy exceeds what other retailers offer, and goes well beyond federal and most state laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Over the past several months, we looked at what other assistance we could provide to our pregnant associates. As a result, Walmart is providing additional benefits for all pregnant associates because we believed it was the right thing to do for them.
SOURCE: The City Wire, 4/7/14
CLAIM: The UFCW claims OUR Walmart's demonstrations are lawful and nothing more than a "public education" campaign.FULL STORY
FACT: The UFCW created OUR Walmart as a UFCW subsidiary to benefit the UFCW’s anti-Walmart campaign. The UFCW uses OUR Walmart to stage demonstrations on Walmart property to draw media attention to its campaign against Walmart. Five separate state courts have ruled that those UFCW-staged demonstrations are unlawful and have enjoined (stopped) them. In addition, on March 14, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board notified Walmart that it would issue a Complaint against the UFCW, absent settlement, for violating federal law by trying to intimidate and coerce associates during one of its Black Friday in-store demonstration in 2012.
SOURCE: UFCW 2012 LM-2; 2011 UFCW 990 Form; Forbes, 9/19/13; ULP Charge; NLRB Associate General Advice Memorandum; NLRB Complaint and Notice of Hearing
CLAIM: The recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaints against Walmart prove that Walmart illegally retaliated against associates who participate in OUR Walmart activities.FULL STORY
FACT: The merits of the complaints have not been heard yet, and there have been no rulings on the complaints. Walmart will soon have the opportunity to present the facts in front of a judge at a later date. Walmart has a very strict policy against retaliation.
SOURCE: WSJ, 01/15/14
CLAIM: In 2013, OUR Walmart staged 1500 Black Friday protests against Walmart with large associate support.FULL STORY
FACT: Fewer than 20 associates participated in the 2013 Black Friday protests, and only 6 OUR Walmart demonstrations included an active associate. The majority of the participants were assorted union front groups that attempted to disrupt customer shopping experience.
SOURCE: CNN Money, 11/29/13; Washington Examiner, 11/29/13
CLAIM: Walmart's programs that help associates with certain financial hardships are an indication that associates do not earn enough money.FULL STORY
FACT: OUR Walmart/UFCW is distorting the truth about Walmart's financial assistance programs. Not surprisingly OUR Walmart/UFCW has very little understanding of Walmart's assistance programs, including those that support associates who face unforeseen hardship. The truth is that Walmart's Associates in Critical Need Trust was created by Walmart associates, for associates. The Trust, and programs like it, demonstrates Walmart's culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face unexpected events.
SOURCE: Wal-Mart's Foundation In the U.S.
CLAIM: Walmart has implemented a nationwide policy of cutting associates' hours.FULL STORY
FACT: There is no nationwide policy of cutting associates’ hours at Walmart. Both full-time and part-time associates are working more hours per week on average than they were at the beginning of the year. Walmart, like the retail industry, changes from season to season so its staffing model adjusts on a regular basis. During the holidays, many of its stores have more associates working more hours, but the company also has some stores, near the beach for example, that don’t need as many people during the holidays as they do during the summer. Their staffing model changes as the needs of their customers and community does. For associates interested in working more hours, the company created its open shifts program to allow associates to volunteer for open shifts across the store.
SOURCE: Walmart Fulfilling Promise to Associates by Providing More Scheduling Visibility
CLAIM: Walmart hires temporary workers to avoid paying for its associate's health insurance.FULL STORY
FACT: Walmart has between 15,000 and 50,000 hourly store job openings, and every year Walmart moves more than 75,000 associates from part time to full time positions. More than one million associates and family members are enrolled in Walmart's health plans.
SOURCE: A Job to Do: Retail's Role in American Renewal, 1/15/13; Walmart's Benefits Plan 2013