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: 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
CLAIM: The average Walmart store costs taxpayers almost $1 million in government subsidies.FULL STORY
FACT: This claim is based on a report that is politically driven, flawed in its methodology, relies on unrealistic scenarios and, above all, is simply incorrect.
SOURCE: "The Facts behind the House Committee’s Flawed Walmart Report,” Walmart Community