Wal-Mart Watch unveiled Walmartspeakout.com in October 2008 to provide an unprecedented opportunity for Wal-Mart workers to speak out and share their stories about the impact of Wal-Mart’s low-wage, low-benefit business model on their lives.
These stories expose the truth about Wal-Mart’s poor treatment of the workers who are responsible for the tremendous financial success of Wal-Mart and the Walton family. As Wal-Mart hourly employees’ real wages – and standard of living – have decreased steadily, the Walton family’s wealth has increased to more than $100 billion – making them the wealthiest family in the United States.
The website launch coincides with the third anniversary of the release of the infamous Chambers Memo, in which Wal-Mart Executive Susan Chambers outlined how Wal-Mart would cut down payroll and health care costs at the expense of its older and less healthy employees. The launch also comes in the midst of a presidential election over the struggles of everyday Americans – and Wal-Mart workers are at the heart of that dynamic.
We hope that through the stories, the collective voices of Wal-Mart workers will persuade the Walton family that Wal-Mart should do better for its employees.
In the spring of 2005, Wal-Mart Watch began a nationwide public-education campaign to challenge the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, to become a better employer, neighbor and corporate citizen. Wal-Mart Watch is a joint project of The Center for Community and Corporate Ethics and Five Stones. Visit us at http://walmartwatch.com.