Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, issued the following statement today in response to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling concerning a sit-down strike that occurred in Richmond, California, in November of 2012.
“We are pleased that once again, the law is on the side of Walmart workers,” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW.
“The recent NLRB decision to recognize that this sit-down strike by Walmart workers was lawful on a retail sales floor sets an important precedent: Retail workers have rights, too. This favorable ruling gives us the valuable opportunity to show Walmart workers that they have the right to stand up for themselves, to use their voices, to earn a better life, and to work to change Walmart into a more responsible employer.”
Additionally, the NLRB noted that the workers were protesting their boss, who had made abusive and racist comments, and Walmart’s “apparent condonation” of this individual. Specifically, according to the ruling, Walmart’s Field Project Supervisor Art Van Riper repeatedly called workers lazy, yelled at them, and said to an African-American employee as he placed a rope around a counter, “if it was up to me, I would put that rope around your neck.”