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Gala for the 99%: Walmart & Hyatt Workers Demand Justice from the Penners 19 Apr 2012

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Published on Apr 20, 2012

Workers at Walmart and Hyatt Hotels struggle daily with disrespect and injustice from their corporate employers. Walmart Associates nationwide have formed an organization, OUR Walmart, and are seeking better working conditions, pay, and respect. Hyatt workers across the country are struggling to achieve safe working conditions and a voice on the job.

On April 19th, 2012, Bay Area Walmart and Hyatt workers as well as community leaders came together to confront Greg Penner, a member of the Boards of Directors of both corporations, and demand that he address the injustice and abuse they face on the job. Penner and his wife, Carrie Walton-Penner, are members of the Walton family, the richest family in the US which owns Walmart. The action took place outside the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Mrs. Penner is one of the co-hosts of the Academy's "Big Bang Gala," which will be taking place inside.

Thursday's protest was part of the nationwide 99% Power efforts to hold corporate America (i.e. the 1%) accountable to the 99%. This action launched a series of actions building up to various shareholder meetings—including actions targeting Wells Fargo days later, also in San Francisco.

stopwellsfargo.com

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