Linda Sánchez Statement in Support of Walmart Employees Strike (June 6, 2013)
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) issued the following statement today in support of members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). OUR Walmart members are striking in response to Walmart's illegal retaliation and intimidation tactics.
“It’s time for Walmart, America’s largest employer, to live up to its responsibility and reflect the best of American values. American working families deserve no less. Hardworking Americans deserve to be paid a fair, living wage that allows them to provide for themselves and their families. Walmart doesn’t pay competitive wages, and abuses American taxpayers by providing little or no health benefits to their employees.
“Hardworking Americans also have the right to speak up—without the fear of retaliation—when they see or experience an injustice while at work. Walmart’s treatment of their employees is an outrage, and time has come to put a stop to these immoral practices. I stand in solidarity with those Walmart employees who are standing up to these tactics and taking their grievances directly to Walmart Headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart should respect these workers’ rights to address workplace injustices. These workers deserve to be heard—without the fear of retribution by Walmart.”
Congresswoman Sánchez is a Co-Chair of the House Labor and Working Families Caucus, which she also co-founded. Congresswoman Sánchez is also an active and card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical (IBEW) Local 441.