UFCW Canada joined Walmart workers and union activists from around the globe in Los Angeles from October 3 to 5 to stand with striking Walmart workers and to launch a Global Alliance dedicated to driving positive change at the world’s largest retailer and private-sector employer.
The UNI Walmart Global Union Alliance is an international network of union members fighting for fairness, decent working conditions, and ensuring the right to join a union for all Walmart employees. As one of its first initiatives, the newly formed Alliance released a report called “Walmart’s Global Strategy: Undercutting Workers’ Rights” which outlines the depth of Walmart’s anti-worker and anti-union stance and calls for the company to change.
The activists from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zambia were welcomed by UFCW International President Joe Hansen who encouraged the Alliance to always remember, “If we band together and act as one, we can change Walmart.”
In addition to releasing the new report, the new Global Alliance established a world-wide communications network, ratified a Statement of Purpose, and built a strategic work plan for moving the effort forward.
Throughout the three-day conference, members of the Global Alliance met with striking Walmart Workers, and on October 5 they assembled in Pico Rivera to loudly march with the protesting Associates as they returned to work.
The Global Alliance then stood in solidarity with activists from the OUR Walmart campaign who held a press conference in front of Los Angeles City Hall, which received press coverage by a large number of media outlets, including ABC News and Al Jazeera.
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