March 22, 2012 – OUR Walmart members write to Ms. Alvarez to request a meeting to discuss their concerns about poverty wages and lack of respect at Walmart.
May 10, 2012 – OUR Walmart members attended the Latino Community Foundation Gala and were able to speak with Ms. Alvarez. She committed there to a member of OUR Walmart to schedule a meeting to hear her concerns. However, despite repeated attempts to follow-up and schedule a meeting, Ms. Alvarez has refused to schedule a meeting.
June 29, 2012 – OUR Walmart writes to Ms. Alvarez, reiterating the request for a meeting and reporting on fallout from the Mexico scandal at the annual shareholder meeting. The letter specifically cited problems of illegal retaliation by the company against Walmart Associates.
August 17, 2012 – Community leaders write to Ms. Alvarez to request that she meet with OURWalmart Associates. Signers include: Terry O’Neill (President of the National Organization for Women), Sarita Gupta (Executive Director, Jobs With Justice), Bill Fletcher, Jr. (Chair, National Retail Justice Alliance), and Dan Schlademan (Director, Making Change at Walmart Campaign). Among other issues, the letter asked Ms. Alvarez to help stop illegal retaliation by Walmart against members of OUR Walmart.
October 12, 2012 – John Burton, the Chair of the California Democratic Party, writes an op-ed urging Ms. Alvarez and other California-based members of the Walmart Board of Directors to take leadership and help resolve the crisis for workers at Walmart.
November 11, 2012 – OUR Walmart sends letter to Ms. Alvarez urging her to take leadership and help Walmart change course.
February-June 2013 – Issue #1, Issue #2, Issue #3, and Issue #4 of Who’s Minding the Store, a newsletter about the lack of leadership on Walmart’s Board of Directors is distributed to Ms. Alvarez’s professional and social circles.
April 24, 2013 – OUR Walmart members attend the Latino Community Foundation Gala again to attempt to reach out to Ms. Alvarez. After purchasing tickets, their tickets were refunded without explanation. They attempted to speak with Ms. Alvarez and were again, rebuffed.
May 11, 2013 – OUR Walmart members and supporters were present outside an event where Ms. Alvarez received a lifetime achievement award. Afterwards, they were able to speak briefly to Ms. Alvarez, who insisted there was little she could do and walked as quickly as she could to her car.
May 15, 2013 – OUR Walmart members and supporters were present outside of an event in Sacramento where Ms. Alvarez was speaking. Community supporters inside the event were able to speak with Ms. Alvarez and urge her to meet with OUR Walmart members.
May 29, 2013 – Members of OUR Walmart delivered a letter to Ms. Alvarez at the Latino Community Foundation. The letter raised concerns about retaliation against Walmart Associates who speak up, about poverty wages and about supply chain safety in Bangladesh. No response was received.
September, 2013 – OUR Walmart member Lisa Lopez launches a petition on CREDO calling on Ms. Alvarez to “Speak out Against Walmart’s Attacks on Workers.” To date, the petition has received more than 54,000 signatures.
On November 18, 2013, the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel announces that it will prosecute Walmart for illegal firings and disciplinary actions involving more than 117 workers (see here).
March 24, 2014 – Members of OUR Walmart and Warehouse Workers United write to Alvarez, requesting a meeting to inform her about working conditions and illegal retaliation at Walmart and Walmart-contracted warehouses. No response was received.