Workers Are Standing Up for Respect and Dignity Workers at Richmond Walmart are standing together despite threats and retaliation. In Richmond and across the nation, Walmart workers have been speaking up to demand respect and dignity, as well as on issues like low wages, understaffing and discrimination. Workers have come together to form the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart).
Richmond Workers Also Facing Racism and Threats of Violence In addition to the illegal retaliation, Walm
art Associates in Richmond have also experienced racist and threatening comments by Walmart Richmond Manager Art VanRiper. In one case, while an African-American Associate used a rope to move merchandise, Mr. Van Riper insisted, “Leave it up to me, I’d put that rope around your neck.” Subsequently, when a Walmart worker was speaking with members of the news media, Mr. VanRiper threatened to run her over with his car. This type of racism and threats of violence have no place in Richmond. Workers have raised these issues and have filed EEOC charges against Walmart for these incidents. Walmart has not taken any action to remedy the situation.
The Richmond Community is Standing with Walmart Workers Increasingly, customers and Richmond residents are stepping forward to stand with Walmart workers. They are calling for an end to racist threats and retaliation, accountability for the manager who made them and calling on Walmart to provide ongoing jobs to Associates who worked so hard during the remodel. It's time for the retaliation to end, so come to this local Walmart to show your solidarity and tell Walmart that they need to do their fair share.
Sign the Petition to Support Workers Here: bit.ly/RichmondWMT
For more info, contact: sfbayarea [at] forrespect.org