Friday, April 28, 2017
MESSAGE TO UBER: HIRING A WALMART EXECUTIVE IS INSULTING TO ALL OF AMERICA’S WORKERS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Making Change at Walmart Director Randy Parraz issued the following statement in response to Uber’s consideration of former Walmart chief information officer, Karenann Terrell, in its search for a #2 under Chief Executive Travis Kalanick:
“That Uber would consider a former Walmart executive to help in the field of ‘complicated labor and operational structures,’ is not only insulting to the thousands of Americans paid so poorly by Walmart that they rely on government assistance to survive, but is also threatening to the advancement of American wage and job standards as a whole.
Here is a brief reminder of Walmart’s business practices over the past several years:
Because of Walmart’s low wage standards, they are one of the nation’s largest corporate welfare recipients, costing taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion every year to cover their employees’ government assistance needs.
In 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed that Walmart was liable for cheating thousands of Pennsylvania workers out of their pay from 1998-2006 by forcing employees to work off the clock or through their lunch breaks and encouraging employees to not clock overtime hours. After more than a decade of Walmart trying to deny workers their pay, a $241 million wage theft judgment was made, proving that Walmart benefited from unjust pay practices for over 8 years in Pennsylvania.
A gender bias class action lawsuit, the largest in U.S. history, was filed against Walmart in 2001 and has sparked lawsuits that continue to this day (2016) alleging pay and promotion practices that adversely impact women.
Walmart has spent over $800 million in the past 5 years in defense of a massive U.S. government investigation into their foreign business practices. The U.S. government has been looking into Walmart’s potential FCPA violations and whether or not the company bribed government officials in markets from Mexico to India and China.
Walmart also happens to be the largest importer of foreign goods, eliminating hundreds of thousands of American jobs and as of 2000, Walmart has lowered American retail workers’ pay by an estimated $4.7 billion.
Walmart, a multi-billion dollar corporation that profits an average of $15.5 billion has been making its billions off the backs of American workers, shoppers, and taxpayers for years.
If Uber considers someone responsible for the creation of Walmart’s business practices to be in tune with its ‘size and ambitions,’ then this is a troubling sign of the passing of the guard from one abusive company to another.”