Why Wal-Mart Must Change

Wal-Mart has become much more than just a small corner store in rural America. In the past 10 years, Wal-Mart has grown into the largest retailer in the world — number 1 among the Fortune 500 — and is America’s largest employer. With more than 1.4 million employees and billions in profits, Wal-Mart is a giant company with giant responsibilities. First and foremost, Wal-Mart has a responsibility to all Americans to set the standard for customers, workers and communities, and to help build a better America.

The truth is that Wal-Mart has let America down by lowering wages, forcing good paying American jobs overseas, and cutting costs with total disregard for the values that have made this nation great. Wal-Mart has needlessly exploited illegal immigrants, faces the largest gender discrimination lawsuit in history, forced workers to work in an unsafe environment, and broken child labor laws.

America’s largest employer must reflect America’s values. But, Bentonville will never change on its own, not unless we stand together and challenge Walmart to change.

Together, we can change Walmart and change America for the better.

Wal-Mart’s Vision for America vs. Our Vision for America

What is the Making Change at Walmart campaign all about?

Well, there are two visions for America: Wal-Mart’s America, where profits come before people, and our vision, where people come first.

  • In Wal-Mart’s America, workers are paid poverty level wages even when they work full-time.
  • In our America, workers are paid a living wage with proper health and retirement benefits.
  • In Wal-Mart’s America, wealthy companies shift their health care costs onto taxpayers like you and your families.
  • In our America, corporations live up to their responsibility and provide their employees with adequate and affordable health care coverage.
  • In Wal-Mart’s America, suppliers are forced to make their goods cheaper even if it means shipping U.S. jobs overseas.
  • In our America, we value U.S. jobs and companies that buy and sell “Made in America.”
  • In Wal-Mart’s America, women are paid less than men.
  • In our America, women and men are treated equally – fair pay for everyone.

Updates from Making Change at Walmart

Walmart to create 10,000 jobs – but what kind of jobs are these?

January 17, 2017 at 9:05 pm

Many new Walmart workers will still qualify for public assistance

WATCH: TV ad highlights Walmart’s policy of locking up African American hair products

December 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Ad shines spotlight on Suffolk Walmart’s security methods, asks viewers to call mayor

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December 12, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Nationwide campaign and TV ads call attention to large volume of police calls for shoplifting and other petty crimes at Walmart stores

December 7, 2016 at 6:03 pm

First ads to run in four cities: Ads address Walmart offloading security to local police at taxpayer expense