Lisa Austin works at Walmart in Apple Valley, Minnesota. In December, she was disciplined for staying home to take care of her seven-month-old child while her husband was away training with the National Guard. Lisa requested the days off close to two months in advance but was still written up for the days missed.
This month, Lisa and the Apple Valley, Minnesota community delivered a petition with more than 14,000 signatures calling on Walmart to help workers who have spouses in the military care for their families while loved ones are on leave.
Walmart felt the pressure. A spokesperson from Walmart headquarters, Kory Lundberg, even showed up to the delivery, and told ABC News that Walmart “would work with [Lisa] if she needed to take time off in the future due to her husband’s military drills.”
OUR Veterans (vets with OUR Walmart who are standing for change) will continue to call on Walmart to make this change the company’s policy, so moms like Lisa can take care of themselves and their families without fear of losing their jobs.
Sign the petition here.