This is an excerpt from the Brave New Films Documentary, "Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices"
Walmart is one of the most anti-unoin companies in America. Store managers keep an eye on employees they suspect are either sympathetic to unions or are active union organizers. They then report pro-union activities to their corporate bosses. Meanwhile, employees are shown anti-union propaganda. They also freeze wages for all employees in stores they suspect of union activities.
Employees deserve to be valued and deserve to earn enough to look after themselves and their families. According to Walmart, this is too much to ask. The corporation routinely retaliates against employees who demand fair treatment and speak out against company policies. In the event that workers organize to fight Walmart's abhorrent employment practices, management harasses leaders and attempts to pit employees against one another.
Enough is enough. All working people deserve fair wages and benefits. Workers in more than 2,000 stores have come together to call for Walmart to increase wages to a minimum of $13 an hour and access to full-time hours. OUR Walmart is coordinating these protests and is attempting to strike a blow to the most exploitative corporation in America on the biggest retail day of the year. Stand with the Walmart strikers this Black Friday at a protest near you: http://www.blackfridayprotests.org/
Quick facts about Walmart:
•The Walton family, who owns Walmart, is the richest family in America -with nearly $150 billion in wealth.
•They have as much money as 43% of America’s poorest families combined.
•Most of Walmart's 1.3 million employees make less than $25,000 per year.
•Most Walmart jobs are part-time.
•Many Walmart workers are forced to utilize state subsidized benefits in lieu of receiving sufficient benefits from their employer. Very interesting that The Waltons have funded numerous political campaigns which attack welfare, while they benefit hugely from the system...
•Walmart no longer offers health benefits to employees who work less than 24 hours per week.
•Walmart requires workers to attend anti-union meetings and specially trains supervisors in union avoidance.
•"In 2005, a memo from Walmart’s then Vice President of Benefits Susan Chambers outlined a strategy for how the company could remove sick workers from the payrolls and avoid paying healthcare benefits." - MakingChangeatWalmart.org
ABOUT BRAVE NEW FILMS Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are at the forefront of the fight to create a just America. Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. Brave New Films’ investigative films have scrutinized the impact of U.S. drone strikes; the war on whistleblowers; and Wal Mart’s corporate practices. The company’s films have received more than 56 million views online.