Target: Michael “Mike” Duke, CEO of Walmart
Goal: Put an end to Walmart’s unfair and harmful work conditions
For many years Walmart has been scrutinized for its low paid, hazardous, unfair working conditions and still the retail giant has yet to change. The company has been cutting corners on regulations and fair treatment all so its leaders could become richer. Riddled with sexism, low wages, hazardous conditions, and racial discrimination, the company needs to work hard to redefine its principles.
There have been repeated violations made by Walmart over the span of just the last 12 years resulting in thousands of suits filed against the company. The retail giant has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for practicing racial discrimination during the hiring process, as well as by hundreds of employees in Oregon for unpaid overtime. The company has also falsely stated that it had cut ties with over 200 Bangladeshi factories that bar unsafe working conditions that ended in death just two months earlier. Walmart has too often had problems with wage law violation, exploitation of its employees, and dangerous work conditions. How long must this go on?
Walmart is the world’s largest employer. That position brings much influence over the rest of the retail industry. So not only is Walmart failing to uphold fairness in treatment to their employees, but they are failing to set an appropriate example to other retail companies about conditions that should be imposed on workers. They are only promoting inequality, dangerous working conditions, and discrimination in turn for a large profit. They’ve even placed a restraining order against protesting labor activists. By signing this petition you are telling Walmart that these practices must no longer continue and that they must begin changing their company standards immediately.
Dear Michael Duke,
Walmart must put an end to the unfair working conditions of its employees. Often problems of wage law, inequality, hazardous work conditions, and discrimination have been the cause of many law suits filed against Walmart and still not enough progress has been made by the company. The most recent problems of low wages and safety in Bangladesh factories are just further examples of Walmart’s longstanding decision to not fix an entire problem, but instead temporarily fix it up.
As the world’s largest employer, you need to set an example and show the rest of the industry how to treat your employees. Instead the company chooses to wrongfully fire those who create unions, or underpay those who have worked overtime. It is time reform, Walmart needs to step up the conditions their employees work under one last time and meet all the criteria of a good employer. I am urging you to end the conditions your employees have to suffer through on a day to day basis. Make the change to be a fair, beneficial employer to keep your employees happy and safe.
[Your Name Here]
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