(Oakland, CA) – Today, Thursday, March 10, Walmart workers and supporters held a press conference outside of the Union City Walmart to call on the nation’s largest private employer to improve worker safety and compensate for workplace injuries. The event was in support of Maria Umali, a 16-year Walmart employee who broke her hip on the job and is asking for Walmart to fairly compensate her for expenses, including medical equipment and home health care.
Those at the press conference included supportive Walmart workers, District Two Supervisor Richard Valle, a representative from California Assemblymember Bill Quirk’s office, a representative from California Senator Bob Wieckowski’s office, and Pastor Kurt from FAME.
Assemblymember Quirk said, “A responsible company provides safe working conditions for its employees. A responsible company provides fair compensation for its employees in those unfortunate conditions where accidents do occur. But Walmart is not a responsible company.”
Assemb. Quirk continued: “Maria is not alone. Walmart needs to step up and take responsibility for workers injured on the job.”
Maria said, “I was a dedicated Walmart employee for 16 years. I liked my job but I don’t think I will ever be able to work again after my injury. I can barely afford to pay my medical bills, let alone pay for the home nurse that I need after my partner’s death. I just want Walmart to do the right thing.”
Pictures from today’s press conference are available upon request.