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To: Doug McMillon, Walmart CEO

Walmart: Stop Forcing Employees to Work in the Dark

Walmart: Stop Forcing Employees to Work in the Dark

We're calling on Walmart to apologize to associates and publicly clarify its policy for requiring employees to work during power outages, without the ability to see and avoid danger.

Why is this important?

When the power goes out at a Walmart store, that doesn't mean work stops. Associates have been ordered to work in darkness, even if their safety is at risk. This happened recently at my Walmart store.

When the power went out in my store, the stock rooms were pitch black, and it was difficult to move safely around the store's floor. But our managers were afraid of losing money, so they insisted we keep working. Here's a video I recorded during one of the outages:

My coworkers and I worked overnight in the dark, trying to be as careful as possible to avoid injury. I remember feeling outraged by the experience. What would've been the harm in waiting for the power to come back on? Or for a generator to arrive? Are our lives and our safety worth so little to our employer?

Stock rooms can be quite dangerous. Accidents can happen, and when they do, they often involve heavy boxes or dangerous machinery. This isn't a place to work without proper lighting.

If this happened at my store, it's possible it's happening at other store locations. I want Walmart to publicly clarify its policies concerning the safety of its associates. Is it store policy to keep workers on-the-clock during a storewide power outage? We're asking Walmart for answers, and we hope you'll join us.


Reasons for signing

  • I was just in a Walmart when the power went out we were the last people to get through checkout before the lost all power. I personally don't think it is a safe work environment therefore it shouldn't be allowed.
  • We not only had to keep working but had to finish unloading a truck with no power. They issued us headlamps to use for the time and 2 camping lanterns. I spent hours in the dark in the warehouse to sort through frieght in out back room between the steel bins. Luckily nobody has been hurt yet but it is only a matter of time until someone dose get hurt working in the dark.
  • I went to my local walmart today, but they were shut down because of a power outage. I saw their employees still working as far as I could see into the store. I asked an employee outside when they would open again, and he said he's not sure, it's been like this for a while. What is going on?? And why is Walmart continuing to make their employees work in hazardous conditions?


2017-02-10 14:24:47 -0500

100 signatures reached

2013-12-06 15:29:49 -0500

50 signatures reached

2013-11-25 21:18:37 -0500

25 signatures reached

2013-11-21 18:39:37 -0500

10 signatures reached