Wake Up Wal-Mart
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Wake Up Wal-Mart was a campaign founded by United Food and Commercial Workers Union. It is based in Washington, D.C. and is often critical of the business practices of Walmart, the world's largest retailer, and the largest private employer in the United States. The group claims Wal-Mart is currently offering its employees substandard wages and health care benefits, and has called on the retailer to improve both. Wake Up Wal-Mart was founded April 5, 2005 and maintains the web site WakeupWalMart.com, the centerpiece of the organization. The organization is now defunct. Its website is no longer active and the url wakeupwalmart.com now redirects to another UFCW-funded group, Making Change At Walmart.
The group argues that Wal-Mart pays "poverty wages", relies on public health care rather than providing its employees with healthcare, and is, in general, harmful to communities.
Wal-Mart Workers of America
In 2005, the group formed an organization called "Wal-Mart Workers of America". The group said that the purpose of the new organization is to assist past and present Wal-Mart employees, but that it is not a formal labor union.
- "Press release of 4/5/05:UFCW launches new campaign to "wake up Wal-Mart"". United food and Commercial Workers International Union Website. Retrieved 2006-02-28.
- Joyce, Amy (4 November 2005). "Group to Form Association For Wal-Mart Employees". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 January 2011.