WALMART CONTINUES TO PUT WORKERS IN DANGER

After finding serious violations at a Florida store, OSHA calls company “very frustrating”

Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, released the following statement after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discovered serious health violations at a Pensacola, Fla., Walmart:

“If there was any question remaining about what kind of company Walmart is, these latest OSHA violations should settle it.” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW. Walmart showed that it not only has no regard for the safety and well-being of its own workers, but it also has no regard for the law. Walmart is the kind of company that will break a corporate-wide settlement with OSHA to put their employees in harm’s way.”

As MCAW has shown, Walmart has a track record of disregard for workers safety and for not providing proper compensation for employees injured on the job. Just last week, 16-year Walmart employee Maria Umali from Union City, Calif., spoke at a press conference about her hardships after not receiving urgent care, support, or her full workers’ comp after breaking her hip while working at Walmart.

“Unfortunately, workers regularly tell us about dangerous conditions and practices at their stores, but feel powerless to speak up. Walmart employs 1.4 million hard-working men and women in this country and every one of them deserved to feel safe at the workplace,” said Levin.

BACKGROUND:

Florida Walmart Violates Corporate-Wide Safety Agreement: OSHA” – Occupational Health & Safety magazine, 3/18/16

MCAW Press Conference Highlights Struggles of Injured Walmart Worker – UFCW.org, 3/17/16

Wal-Mart Agrees to Upgrade Safety Policies At 2,900 Stores to Settle OSHA Charges” – Bloomberg BNA, 9/8/13