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To: Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO

Tell Walmart CEO Doug McMillon: Take Action Now to Prevent More Deaths

At least two Walmart associates have died from COVID-19, including my brother Phillip Thomas, who worked at Walmart in Evergreen Park, Illinois for nine years, and his coworker Wando Evans.

It’s clear that Walmart hasn’t been taking the spread of coronavirus seriously. Employees nationwide have been denied adequate paid sick & family leave and many don’t have access to affordable health care. Now we’re all paying the price.

Walmart needs to take action immediately to protect the health and safety of employees and customers:
- Close all stores with positive COVID-19 cases for two weeks with paid time off to allow workers to self-quarantine to make sure they’re not showing symptoms.
- Create permanent seats for workers to sit on the Walmart board of directors. The current board members are far removed from the day-to-day realities of working people. We need people who work in the stores represented on the corporate board to be part of decision-making in moments of crisis and beyond.

I can’t bring back my brother. But I can do everything in my power to prevent other Walmart employees and customers from getting infected while the company refuses to keep our communities safe.

I want justice for my brother and his friends at Walmart. I don’t want more people to die.

Why is this important?

Walmart is the country’s largest corporate employer, and I’m alarmed at how little they’re doing to stop the spread of the virus.

Walmart also laid the groundwork for this crisis through years of negligence, leaving hundreds of thousands of employees without adequate paid sick leave or health insurance. That means if someone wakes up sick, they have to make the impossible decision between working sick or losing their pay.

What Walmart decides to do doesn’t just affect folks who work there -- it affects customers, suppliers, contractors, and families when their loved ones die due to corporate negligence.



2020-04-11 13:38:53 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-04-07 13:47:28 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-04-06 20:37:58 -0400

10 signatures reached