In one of the largest mobilizations of working families in recent history, Walmart workers and supporters in Southern California joined thousands nationwide in their calls for Walmart to improve jobs and the economy. Pointing to poverty wages that have forced Walmart workers to rely on food drives even though they work at a company with $17 billion in profits, the protesters are calling on Walmart to publicly commit to paying $25,000 a year, providing full-time work, and ending the retaliation against workers who have been speaking out for better jobs.
Community groups, students, Walmart shoppers, religious leaders, elected officials and Southern California workers are protesting at 6 a.m. in Ontario and at 12 noon in South Los Angeles. Workers and supporters have been emboldened by news from Walmart CEO that hundreds of thousands of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year and are forced to rely on taxpayer dollars to support their families.
"Our community needs good jobs," said Rev. William Smart. "Walmart can improve jobs - and it must. We are standing together to tell the Walton family and Walmart that our country needs more from our largest employer."