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Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Representing the 38th District of CA

Linda Sánchez Statement on the Pico Rivera Walmart Reopening

November 19, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-Whittier) issued the following statement on the reopening of the Pico Rivera Walmart:

“The reopening of the Walmart Supercenter in Pico Rivera is an important development for the city of Pico Rivera and the greater 38th Congressional District.  Walmart is a significant contributor to our local economy.

“While I can appreciate the many business considerations of reopening the Supercenter, the livelihoods of 530 of my constituents whose lives were upended in April remains my primary concern.

“I am disappointed by the lack of action Walmart has taken to accommodate all of its displaced employees.  Specifically, I am troubled that the majority of workers who organized and protested have yet to be rehired or transferred to another location.

“Fundamentally, workers should be free to speak out and negotiate for better working conditions without fear of retaliation. It is incumbent on Walmart to come to an agreement with these workers and the relevant groups.

“As we approach the holiday season, I am confident that there exists a consensus that will help make our community whole again.  

“I am closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to fight to ensure my constituents are protected.”