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Rep. Linda Sánchez Demands Answers from Walmart Following Closure of Pico Rivera Store

April 20, 2015
Press Release

Cerritos, CA- Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) is calling on Walmart to do everything it can to accommodate the workers who were displaced following  last week’s decision to close its Pico Rivera store:


“I am concerned by the circumstances surrounding the abrupt closing of the Pico Rivera Walmart,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “The store employs hundreds of workers in our community and generates important revenue for the city.


Walmart’s decision to close this location will leave hundreds of families without income for months to come. I am particularly concerned that Walmart did not work with the city to address the structural issues they cite as reason for closing this location. I am further alarmed about the mere hours of notice they provided workers and the minimal actions Walmart says they will take to accommodate displaced employees.


I don’t want to speculate that Walmart is closing this location in retaliation for the protests that have taken place here in the past, but it is very hard to give them the benefit of the doubt. When a $16 billion company suddenly decides to put 530 families out of work and leave them without any guarantees of finding new employment at one of their other locations, it is imperative that we get all the facts.


I am actively looking into the issue and will fight to ensure worker’s rights are protected. These families are not only my constituents, but my neighbors, and I will demand answers from Walmart until our community is whole again.”