WE HAVE STANDARDS
Walmart is desperate to gain access to major urban markets like Greater Boston. The
company is promising jobs in exchange for entry into our community, spurring debate for
good reason. Because of the slow economic recovery, there is a real risk of accepting any
jobs offered rather than insisting on jobs that can support a family. We in Greater Boston
have leverage to set standards now because Walmart has saturated its other markets and
needs to expand to increase their profits.
It is important to consider the long-term impact Walmart’s arrival would have on our local
cities and neighborhoods. If we want to see real economic recovery we have to hold
Walmart accountable to our city’s standards. We must use our power to stop a race to the
bottom for retail and other workers.
HERE IS WHAT WE CAN ASK WALMART TO COMMIT TO:
o Promise to pay a living wage and provide full-time jobs so that workers
can support their families.
o Provide health care options that are affordable and keep families off
taxpayer-funded health care.
o Hire locally from within the communities surrounding its stores.
o Invest in training programs that give community members, including exoffenders,
the job skills necessary to succeed.
o Build stores with quality local contractors who provide decent wages,
training, and benefits.
o Commit to fairness in hiring, treatment, pay and promotion for all
Walmart Associates, regardless of gender, race, disability or sexual
o Account for the impact on small businesses and neighborhoods that
will be impacted by loss of business and issues like impacts on traffic and
o Allow workers to choose freely whether or not they would like to form a
union, without intimidation or interference from the company.
o Environmental responsibility, including ethical sourcing of goods.
o A written agreement to hold Walmart accountable to its promises.
We will not accept the false choice of Walmart’s poverty jobs or no jobs. We need
quality jobs that allow workers to raise families. As the biggest employer in the world,
Walmart needs to take responsibility and meet the high standards Greater Boston expects
WE WANT GOOD JOBS COALITION
For more information or how you can get involved contact:
Jean-Claude Sanon, Jobs With Justice, 617-524-8778
or email firstname.lastname@example.org