In Midst of PR ‘Charm Offensive,’ Walmart Ends Talks With Workers’ Union

Ian Becker

Wal-Mart is upping efforts to bolster its image in the public’s eye, including an announcement that the company plans to hire 100,000 veterans over a five-year period. But The Nation’s Josh Eidelson reports that in the meantime, the company has broken off talks with Warehouse Workers United (WWU), a project of the labor federation Change to Win.
From The Nation: In the three months between Walmart’s meeting with the warehouse workers and its e-mail ending that “courtship,” more warehouse and retail workers went on strike, a WWU-backed class action lawsuit advanced in the courts, and WWU panned a new warehouse monitoring plan from Walmart. … Faced with strikes and increased scrutiny over the labor conditions in its warehouses, Walmart could be trying to make changes that undermine the criticism, while still denying legitimacy to the critics.
For a limited time:

Donate $20 or more to In These Times and we'll send you a copy of Let This Radicalize You.

In this new book, longtime organizers and movement educators Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes examine the political lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath, including the convergence of mass protest and mass formations of mutual aid. Let This Radicalize You answers the urgent question: What fuels and sustains activism and organizing when it feels like our worlds are collapsing?

We've partnered with the publisher, Haymarket Books, and 100% of your donation will go towards supporting In These Times.

Get 10 issues for $19.95

Subscribe to the print magazine.