WALMART FOUND GUILTY OF NOT PAYING TRUCK DRIVERS MINIMUM WAGE

WALMART FOUND GUILTY OF NOT PAYING TRUCK DRIVERS MINIMUM WAGE

Additional damages and penalties could push the total Walmart owes to more than $150 million

Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, released the following statement in response to the news that a federal jury found Walmart guilty of intentionally failing to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage:

“Since the beginning, our mission has been to help Walmart workers earn a living wage and be compensated fairly for their work. This case is a prime example of Walmart’s never-ending hypocrisy: While they brag about giving workers so-called raises, truck drivers were forced to go to court in order to get what they’ve earned and rightfully deserve, nothing more. 

We are very pleased that these drivers were able to take on Walmart and win. We hope this victory inspires hardworking men and women everywhere to stand up for what is right.”

BACKGROUND

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Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) is a campaign run by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) to change Walmart into a more responsible employer and to improve the lives of Walmart workers. Walmart is owned by one of the richest families in the country but its workers still struggle with poverty wages, erratic schedules, understaffed and under-stocked stores, and mistreatment from management. We believe Walmart can afford to do better and that change at Walmart would mean change for retail employees everywhere.