A group consisting of about 5,000 Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) employees has banded with the goal of convincing the big-box retailer that it’s time to dole out better wages, benefits packages and schedules.
Organization United for Respect at Walmart — known more commonly as OUR Walmart — isn’t a labor union, but it does provide its members with education about legal issues in the workplace. Members also share their specific complaints with other members and learn techniques to help them stand up for themselves at work, USA Today reports.
One example of the group’s work is the “Declaration of Respect.” Last June, approximately 100 OUR Walmart members presented the company with the declaration that asks for several concessions including affordable health care benefits options and a $13 an hour pay rate.
Although the group is not a union, it does receive financial and technical support from the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW).
Upon visiting ourwalmart.org, the following message appeared:
“OURWalmart.org is no longer in service. The union-backed organization which sponsored this domain is not affiliated with Walmart or Sam’s Club and does not represent the company nor its associates. For factual information about Walmart, including its outstanding career opportunities, visit www.walmartstores.com.”
USA Today took a deeper look into OUR Walmart, and viewpoints from other Wal-Mart associates, in the article Some Walmart Workers Want Better Wages, Affordable Benefits.