number of associates who missed their shifts Thursday and Friday was 60 percent lower than last year.
“It was proven last night – and again today – that the OUR Walmart group doesn't speak for the 1.3 million Wal-Mart associates,'' the company said in a statement.
The retailer filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board last week against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, saying the demonstrations organized by OUR Walmart threatened to disrupt business and intimidate customers and associates.
Employee Victoria Martinez, 29, marched in front of the Paramount store on Friday. She worked her shift on Thanksgiving but skipped work Friday to “speak out.'' She said the company shows a lack of respect for employees, noting that she faced retaliation by local managers after speaking out about problems during an open discussion sponsored by the head office.
“I believe that when I started at this company, it was great,'' said Martinez, who has worked for Wal-Mart for seven years. “They've taken away everything that is great.''