Walmart, the largest grocery store in the world, is often presented as a solution to poverty because of its low prices. There is a reason for those low prices however and it is because they put ever-increasing pressure on suppliers (including those that supply food) to drive down their costs. This drives down wages, both for the Associates who work in the stores as well as all across the manufacturing and food production chain.
Walmart is the major player in the “race to the bottom” which keeps full-time employees in poverty. Other retailers are forced to follow in their footsteps. When we shop locally and pay a few cents more for our food, we invest in a better quality of life for all. However, since less than 1% of the food sold in the U.S. is produced and sold locally, this won’t be enough. We need to require fair working conditions for all workers. Walmart’s death grip on groceries is making life worse for millions of people!
You can help!
The following is a call for action from the Food Chain Workers Alliance. We need to recognize that food is cheap in the U.S. because we allow people to be exploited. When we shop at Walmart (and other “big box” stores for food) we participate and benefit from this exploitative system.
Food workers are particularly vulnerable because of their lack of political voice. When workers protest to unfair conditions, they are punished.
PLEASE SIGN THE STATEMENT LINKED BELOW!
Walmart employees will be striking in key locations across the country to protest Walmart’s illegal retaliation against Associates who have spoken up about inequality and have struck. Associates have been calling for Walmart wages to be raised to $25,000. Faith communities, union members, community groups, allied groups and students will be taking action in solidarity with Associates who are standing up against inequality. These actions will be happening at stores across the country and online.
You can support by signing onto FCWA’s Solidarity Statement here. Please sign onto the statement by Tuesday June 3! You can also participate in a local action in your city or state. To find a local action click here.
To find out more about the campaign and actions on June 4 click here.
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