President Obama Visit to Walmart Sends the Wrong Message

Bill Fletcher, chair of the Retail Justice Alliance, and actor, film director and activist Danny Glover, who is a also member of the Retail Justice Alliance, show their support for members of OUR Walmart.

Bill Fletcher, chair of the Retail Justice Alliance, and actor, film director and activist Danny Glover, who is a also member of the Retail Justice Alliance, show their support for members of OUR Walmart.

Last week, President Obama visited a Walmart store in Mountain View, Calif., to talk about energy efficiency and stood side by side with a company known for low wages, few benefits, unreliable hours, alleged discrimination against women, violating workers’ rights, and ironically, environmental degradation. In fact, The Green Life environmental group recently named Walmart the top “Greenwasher of the Year” for 2014 for marketing itself with misleading claims of environmental sustainability.

As the NLRB continues to prosecute Walmart for retaliating against workers who stand up and speak out for positive change, and taxpayers continue to subsidize Walmart, which pays many of its own workers so little that they must rely on food stamps and Medicaid, President Obama’s visit to Walmart sends a terrible message to workers across America.  The Retail Justice Alliance urges the president to reconsider his relationship with the retail giant, and stand up for working people by agreeing to meet with Walmart workers so that he can learn firsthand about their struggle to make ends meet. A petition asking President Obama to meet with Walmart workers can be found here.