June 4, 2013
Today Walmart has obtained a temporary restraining order against employees and organizations protesting Walmart’s discriminatory business practices during this week’s shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. This is Walmart’s latest attempt to silence the voices that are calling for real change at the nation’s largest employer. Instead of listening to its employees and the communities that make the company successful, Walmart — a company with billions in profits and all the lawyers it could ever need — is attacking working families and community groups. This is the same company that has been sued repeatedly for sex discrimination and yet continues its policies that hold women employees back. Shame on Walmart.
I am proud to join UFCW, Jobs with Justice, and OUR Walmart as we rally outside this year’s Walmart shareholders meeting. Our peaceful presence will remind Walmart’s shareholders that — while they can attempt to silence voices of dissent — we will be heard.