Some Walmart employees protested outside the Bentonville, Arkansas welfare office to raise awareness about conditions for certain employees who struggle to earn a living with the company.
Anthony Leal says he’s worked with Walmart for more than five years – yet still needs to rely on government assistance to make ends meet.
A spokesman for the group “Expose Walmart” says there are workers like Leal all over the country, and a business as big as Walmart should give employees enough to avoid any need for financial help from Uncle Sam.
A separate group of Walmart employees delivered a petition yesterday with more than 70,000 signatures to the home office seeking an updated paid family-leave policy for all employees.
A sales associate from South Carolina was in Northwest Arkansas to personally deliver the petition. She’s an expectant mom and says it’s unfair that only full-time employees get paid leave.
“We’re asking for just a better policy to where people can actually stay at home and don’t have to go back to work after two weeks after they’ve just had a newborn child and then they’re going to be spending more time at Walmart than at home,” says Liz Loudermilk, a Walmart associate in South Carolina.
Walmart released a statement saying in part — “our leave and paid time off policies offer stability, as well as flexibility to help them deal with the unforeseen.”
Source: Ozarks First