WALMART’S LATEST LAYOFFS PROVE EARLIER CLAIMS OF INVESTING IN WORKERS WERE A SHAM

Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, issued the following statement in response to news that Walmart is eliminating about 1,500 bookkeeping and accounting positions from hundreds of U.S. stores:

“Walmart is once again talking out of both sides of its mouth. Walmart brags about increasing wages or improving scheduling, but the reality is that they’ve brutally cut workers’ hours, closed hundreds of stores, and are now eliminating nearly 1,500 jobs — on top of the thousands of jobs already lost or cut when stores closed earlier this year. How long can Walmart continue to say one thing and do another?” said Jess Levin, MCAW Communications Director.

“The reality is that Walmart’s claim of a ‘billion dollar investment’ in its employees is a sham. Just because they say it does not make it true. As one of the most profitable companies in the world, Walmart needs to be held accountable for misleading the press, the public and, most importantly, its own workers.”

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