My name is Venanzi Luna and I’ve been working at Walmart for eight years. On the heels of the alleged bribery scandal involving top Walmart executives accused of buying off Mexican public officials and then covering it up, I launched a petition calling on the company to investigate what happened and for CEO Mike Duke to resign in the wake of poor management and oversight.
A year later, Walmart has done nothing to address these problems. In fact, things have gotten worse.
Store associates like me and warehouse workers have faced illegal threats for speaking out about problems at the stores and warehouses. Workers in Bangladesh tragically lost their lives at a factory that supplies clothing to Walmart stores. All the while Walmart has still not gotten to the bottom of the bribery scandal which violated both U.S. and international laws.
The time has come for a change of leadership at Walmart. The current leadership and management is failing its workers, customers, investors and the vision of Walmart’s founder.
That is why I am renewing my call for CEO Mike Duke to resign and a change at the top of company management immediately. The reckless leadership of this company jeopardizes the lives and livelihood of its employees and countless others. And as someone who wants this company to do well and to do better by its employees and customers the time to act is now.
Please stand with me in calling for the resignation of Walmart CEO Mike Duke and change of course at Walmart.
UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.
When we consider how a failure of this magnitude occurred, we cannot help but conclude that the board did not exercise necessary leadership and independence. Due to the significant ownership of Walmart shares by the Walton family, and the representation of the Walton family on the board itself, the independence of the board has been compromised.
Therefore, I am calling for:
1) Walmart Chairman S. Robson Walton, and CEO Mike Duke to resign because of their demonstrated failure to adequately respond to the alleged illegal activities in a timely and effective manner, and, given their roles during the alleged cover up I believe it is not possible for them to credibly lead the company during the necessary internal investigation that must take place; and,
2) A thorough and independent investigation to take place. I call on the directors of the board to appoint an outside, highly respected expert who will have the authority to pursue a truly independent investigation.