At 6 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 5, 2013, local community supporters, labor allies, and faith leaders will be protesting outside of the Walmart in Lakewood, Colo. located at 7455 W. Colfax Ave. The nationwide protests are in regards to low wages, insufficient hours, and the silencing and firing of employees who have spoke out against low wages and unfair treatment.
Following Walmart strikes in June 2013, the group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) gave Walmart a Labor Day deadline, which was demanded by tens of thousands of Americans who called on Walmart to commit to provide full-time work with a minimum salary of $25,000, reinstate workers who were fired for striking and to agree to stop all retaliation against workers calling for better jobs. Walmart did not respond to the deadline for OUR Walmart’s demands and has been accused of illegally disciplining 80 workers, which includes 20 worker-leaders who have been fired.
“We are participating in a national day of action because Denver won’t tolerate Walmart retaliating against workers. We are calling on Walmart to treat associates with respect and to provide good jobs for our communities. We want Walmart to publicly commit to pay their workers a minimum real wage of $25,000 annually so they can support a family, and immediately end their attempts to suppress workers’ rights by reinstating and rescinding punishment of the more than 70 Walmart workers who were unjustly targeted for standing up.”
Walmart recently plead guilty to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act. Walmart was fined over $100 million for disposing of hazardous chemicals such as fertilizer, pesticides, and bleach in sewage systems throughout the U.S. The nationwide protests against Walmart follow last week’s strikes that primarily targeted fast food chains where worker’s demanded to be paid a $15 hourly wage.