Call To Action: President Obama At Mountain View Walmart

Start: May 09, 2014 8:00 AM
Intersection of El Camino Real and San Antonio Rd 600 Showers Dr, Mountain View, CA 94040
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President Obama has announced a visit to Walmart in Mountain View, CA to talk about the environment and sustainability.

When one day the Obama Administration releases a report highlighting the urgency of climate change problems then the next announces a visit to a company with an outsized carbon footprint, it's difficult to know where the Administration stands on environmental protection. And when the President says income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time,” it’s hard to understand how he could make a decision to stand with a company that is driving low-wage jobs in this country that keep hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families in poverty.

Rather than giving Walmart the stamp of approval on Friday, join us in calling on President Obama to challenge Walmart to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and stand up for workers who are struggling to get by on the retailer’s poverty wages--workers like Pam Ramos, who had to live in her car after her hours were cut at the Mountain View Walmart—the very store the president is visiting. Pam is one of the hundreds of thousands of people working at Walmart who trying to make a decent living but just can't get ahead because our country's largest employer is creating an economy of low-wage work and struggle for families.

And the company is hurting the environment too. Walmart just won the "greenwasher of the year" award for its efforts to talk the talk about sustainability, without taking real, meaningful steps towards even meeting its own goals.

It's Time for Main Street and the President to Meet!

Letter from Leading Environmentalists Calling for Change at Walmart

As the country’s largest employer, Walmart has an enormous impact on the economy and the environment. Join Walmart workers, members of the community and our families as we call on the president to stand up for workers—and all of us—and challenge Walmart to change its direction. Walmart can make a dent in the economic inequality that is holding our country back by paying its workers a minimum of $25,000 a year for full-time work, and it can reduce its carbon footprint by making a real investment in sustainability.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.