For the first time in Walmart shareholder meeting history, Walmart’s top 1% has changed the rules to exclude the majority of Walmart workers from being present during business proposal votes on wage transparency and other issues that affect them on a daily basis, further silencing the voice of Walmart workers. Which begs the question…
What is Walmart Hiding?
Click here to read the 12 Things Walmart is Hiding from Its Shareholders and the American Public
Click here to read the The Growing Wage Divide Between Walmart’s Top 1% and its Workers
Why is Walmart Silencing Its Workers?
In a major departure from Walmart’s previous shareholder meetings and from Sam Walton’s original vision of creating “the feeling that we are a family committed to one common interest,” Walmart executives are removing shareholder comments and voting on proposals from the “Associate celebration,” instead scheduling the business portion to take place at a different date, time and location.
What Walmart Doesn’t Want Shareholders and the American People to Know…
We asked Walmart workers across America if they could send a message to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and expose the truth to shareholders and the American public, what would they say. This is what some of their messages were:
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Walmart Workers Join the Poor People’s Campaign
As a result of numerous workers being excluded and silenced from participating in this year’s shareholder business meeting, Walmart workers across the country have joined the nationally-acclaimed Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) highlighting Walmart workers’ low wages, inconsistent and unfair scheduling and insufficient benefits as contributing to systemic poverty in the U.S. Workers like Rose Campbell, Lorene Berry and James Collins have been speaking at PPC rallies throughout the U.S. over the past several weeks, creating a national platform to expose Walmart’s practices and policies that trap workers in a life of poverty.
Walmart Workers Expose Walmart Poverty at PPC Rallies Across America
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Background on Walmart’s Annual Shareholder Meeting
- Traditionally, Walmart’s formal business meeting, which includes discussing and voting on shareholder proposals, has always been conducted during the main Associate celebration inside the Bud Walton arena with over 20,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club workers in attendance, as well as Walmart executives and shareholders.
- During last year’s shareholders meeting, 2 Walmart workers spoke as proxies during the formal business portion, touching on low wages and poor benefits, and were received with cheers from the crowd of Walmart and Sam’s Club workers in the Bud Walton arena. MCAW’s communications director also spoke on behalf of the Teamsters union advocating its proposal for an independently elected board member.
- Additional shareholder proposals from last year’s formal business can be found here.
- This year, however, formal business will take place Wednesday, May 30th from 10 – 11 a.m. CST in the smaller John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark. with strict instructions on who can attend the meeting (shareholders must show proof of share ownership and photo ID). The main Associate celebration will be held two days later on June 1 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST in the Bud Walton arena in Fayetteville, Ark. For the full 2018 agenda, click here.
- Proposals on the agenda to be discussed and voted on during formal business this year can be found here.
- MCAW’s shareholders campaign will include a series of press releases, fact sheets, worker statements and videos, and digital ads targeting investors and Walmart workers leading up to the Associate celebration on Friday, June 1 in Fayetteville, Ark.