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; Orlando Sentinel, 11/25/14; Real Clear Markets, 11/25/14
CLAIM: Walmart is only raising wages because of outside pressure.FULL STORY
FACT: Walmart listens to everybody, including its critics, but listening to associates is the top priority. These changes are based on feedback received from associates, including store and club managers. Listening closely to associate feedback is a policy that was implemented by Walmart's founder, Sam Walton, and remains cornerstone in Walmart's philosophy. As a company, Walmart knows that investing in its associates is key to both the success of its business model, and to continued associate growth and opportunities.
SOURCE: Forbes, 12/11/2014; Bloomberg Business, 2/19/2015; Business Insider, 2/19/2015
CLAIM: A kickstarter video claims that the Black Friday Walmart protests were organic, grassroots-organized events, largely comprised of dissatisfied Walmart associates.FULL STORY
FACT: The video is grossly misinforming, as the Black Friday Walmart protests are in fact carefully orchestrated, well-funded activities by workers centers and union organizations.
SOURCE: Kickstarter, 12/22/2014; Washington Examiner, 11/29/2014; CBS News, 9/3/2013
CLAIM: UFCW/OUR Walmart has successfully courted Walmart associates through the years, in a reflection of employee dissatisfaction against the company.FULL STORY
FACT: UFCW/OUR Walmart's attempts to recruit Walmart associates have yielded less than impressive results for the union, considering the millions of dollars UFCW/OUR Walmart have spent on this effort during the last decade.
SOURCE: Daily Caller, 12/10/14
CLAIM: Walmart offers its associates inferior wages and limited opportunities compared to workers for UFCW-represented employers.FULL STORY
FACT: UFCW/OUR Walmart have been systematically misinforming the public about Walmart workers’ wages and growth opportunities, when in actuality, their own members are treated far less generously than Walmart associates.
SOURCE: Newsbusters, 12/7/2014; Real Clear Markets, 11/25/2014; job-applications.com; Forbes, 12/11/2014
CLAIM: Union claims Walmart workers turned out in significant numbers to protest against Walmart on Black Friday 2014.FULL STORY
FACT: Paid union organizers and activists made up the majority of participants in scattered, low-attended protests.
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 12/04/14; Washington Examiner, 11/29/14
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; Transcript of Official Proceedings, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Maryland; Order for Preliminary Injunction, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Maryland; Temporary Restraining Order, District Court 352nd Judicial District, Tarrant County Texas; Preliminary Injunction, Circuit Count of Benton County, Arkansas; [Proposed] Finding of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order, District Court Jefferson County, Colorado; Temporary Injunction, Circuit Count of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and For Orange County Florida; Stipulated Judgment, Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles; Stipulation and Order For Entry of Permanent Injunction and Judgment, Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles; Settlement Agreement, National Labor Relations Board; Posting Notice Pursuant to Settlement Agreement; Notice to Employees and Members
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