Walmart employees protested outside the retailer’s home office Wednesday morning as executives were inside holding an annual investor’s meeting.
Protestors are seeking a safe work environment, better wages and benefits, among other demands.
“If they try to retaliate against me, I will stand up, I will stand strong and I will be back here,” Lori Amos, Walmart associate, said.
Walmart Human Resources representatives spoke with the protestors.
“We are more than happy to have our HR team meet with you on an individual basis that you have about you, your store or your team management,” said David Scott, human resources vice president.
“I do want to ensure that you know that we have a strict no retaliation policy,” Scott said to the group of angry protestors.
The protestors, many who came from around the country, said they didn’t to meet with company representatives one-by-one.
“We’ve come to them all this way to talk but as a group because some issues are not individual based,” said Gregory Fletcher, Walmart associate.
David Tovar, Walmart vice president for corporate communications, said the protestors are a small percentages of its 1.3 million associates.
Tovar said the company encourages its associates to voice their concerns.
“We understand that not everybody has the kind of work experience that they like at Walmart,” Tovar said.
“When that happens we do what we always do, which is listen, hear their concerns and try to take appropriate action,” he said.
Janna Pea, with “Making Change at Walmart” said her group and more employees from “Our Walmart” came in by the busload after walking off the job in the first-ever Walmart associate walk-out in cities across the nation earlier this week.
Those cities involved in the walk-out include Dallas, Seattle, Miami, Washington D.C., Sacramento, and San Francisco.
The employees said they hoped their efforts will make a difference.
“I think as we move as one they can’t ignore us,” Amos said.
According to a news release from United Food and Commercial Workers, the workers are protesting the company’s attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.”