On April 30, Latino Walmart employees and their supporters demonstrated outside a Walmart-sponsored Latino Community Foundation gala where Walmart Board of Directors member Aida Alvarez is chair. There, workers called on Alvarez to discuss their concerns.
After more than two years of refusing to meet with workers, an OUR Walmart member was finally able to meet with Alvarez.
“At the demonstration we were, for the first time, able to speak with Ms. Alvarez to share our concerns about the way Walmart treats its employees. I emphasized to Ms. Alvarez that these are systemic problems which cannot be solved one at a time. They require a change of approach at the highest levels of management,” said OUR Walmart member Venanzi Luna.
“We had a productive conversation that was characterized by mutual respect. We talked about a wide range of issues that impact all Walmart workers and, as a Latina leader at OUR Walmart, also focused on some issues of special concern to Latino workers,” Luna continued.
Walmart workers will continue the conversation with Alvarez and look forward to expanding dialogue with other Walmart board members.