According to Dan Schlademan, director of Making Change at Walmart, Walmart employees across the U.S. have recently filed more than 20 charges of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board. "Workers find how Walmart has tried to retaliate by cutting their hours and not scheduling them for certain shifts when they tried to speak out, and they're tired of it," he said.
But the $16 billion company sees it differently, arguing that the California rally was simply a "publicity stunt by the UFCW to seek media attention in order to further their political agenda and financial objectives," said Fogleman.
Cruz, who makes $13.20 an hour — up from $7.40 when she started – begs to differ. "We just wanted to be treated like humans, not robots. We do have health insurance, but in most cases, you're not even making enough to live on, let alone take anyone to the hospital." And though she worries about losing her job, she didn't see another option but to voice her anger.
"We are still worried that they might retaliate," said Cruz. "We know exactly how they operate. They wait until you feel confident, or put down your guard, and then they come after you one way or another. But that's how tired we are of what's going on in the stores."