Walmart Closes Stores with Activist Workers for “Plumbing Repairs” UPDATE*

Diane Ravitch's blog

Fortune magazine reports that Walmart had closed down six of its stores where workers were agitating for better pay.

According to the giant chain, the stores needed plumbing repairs. The workers thought the move was retaliation for their activism for higher pay.

Walmart is owned by the Walton Family, each member a billionaire. The Walton Family Foundation is the biggest funder of vouchers and charters and organizations that advocate for them, in the nation.

The retail giant laid off 2,200 workers last week after temporarily closing five stores for plumbing repairs. Workers aren’t buying that rationale.

Wal-Mart workers are fighting back against the retailer’s decision last week to close five stores in four states for what the company says are plumbing repairs.

Workers at the company’s Pico Rivera, Calif. store who are associated with OUR Walmart, a group that advocates for better pay, say the closings are “retaliatory” in nature…

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