Are you with us?

On December 14, 2015, in Organizing, by admin

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UFCW stood beside OUR Walmart members today in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Workers rallied for better wages, full-time hours, and the right to bargain collectively. Walmart workers deserve better than poverty wages and expensive benefits. Local 1000 President Ricky Burris also penned the below op/ed to Walmart workers and the community in DFW: 




By Ricky Burris, UFCW Local 1000


Are you with us?

That’s the question America’s retail workers, including million who work at Walmart, are asking this holiday season and beyond as they continue their fight for better wages and better benefits at our country’s largest private sector employer.

Like so many in retail, too many Walmart workers in Dallas lack the hours, wages, and benefits to support themselves and their families. While the retail giant likes to boast about its wage increases, the truth is that many of the company’s 1.4 million workers aren’t seeing a difference in their pay. Hundreds of thousands, who work hard every day, are paid so poorly that they live in poverty, or rely on government assistance such as food stamps to get by. To add insult to injury, even if they do get small raises, these same workers will often see their hours cut, which leads to an even smaller paycheck. For many others who try to work more hours, they are often forced into part-time schedules with erratic hours that change from week to week. Even those who are lucky to be considered “full-time” by Walmart only work 32 or 34 hours a week.

America’s hard-working families have earned and deserve better.

That’s why UFCW Local 1000 will be standing with Walmart workers on December 14th at Walmart at 4122 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas TX as they continue their fight to change Walmart and America for the better.

The choice we face in Dallas is whether we will speak out or stay silent to those countless men and women who are doing everything right, but still struggle to pay the bills. As part of a proud union family, we are committed to doing everything we can to negotiate better lives.

So the question we have for the people of Dallas is whether you will join with us, and millions of American families who coming together and saying with one voice that the time has come for Walmart to do better.

This holiday season, are you with us?

If you believe that no one who works hard every day, who works for a company that made $16 billion in profits last year and is owned by the richest family in America, should struggle alone in silence, then the answer must be yes.

By joining together we can and will change Walmart, and the lives of millions of workers, for the better.

Ricky Burris is the President of UFCW Local 1000 and represents thousands of grocery workers in Dallas-Ft. Worth.  



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