Fil-Am lawmaker slams Walmart for poor treatment of workers

OAKLAND, Calif. – Last week the country’s largest retailer Walmart held its annual shareholders’ meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.

At the same time, injured Walmart workers, union leaders and political officials held their own meeting in Oakland, CA to help send a message to the shareholders about the unfair treatment they are receiving from their employer.

63-year-old Filipina Maria Umali, who broke her hip while on the job last year, says she just received a termination letter from Walmart due to her long leave of absence.

Walmart provided Umali with a caregiver, but she says it is still not enough.

“My health cannot get back to normal but at least I need some help,” said Umali. “Especially my rent is going up soon again and they didn’t give me not so much and my medication they keep declining. I’m already one month behind in not taking any medicine.”

Political officials like Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and Assembly Member Rob Bonta, the first Fil-Am elected to state legislature, showed their support for Umali and workers like her.

“The practices that Walmart uses in failing to treat their workers with dignity and respect effects all of us,” said Bonta. “We have some examples of Filipino-American workers here today but it effects workers of all backgrounds and ethnicities and from all communities so this is a universal problem.”

The workers and their union leaders say they are confident that their message was heard by the top officials at Walmart.

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  • Sam umali
    11 June 2016 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Sa nagsabi sa lola ko na demanding hoy ungas wala kang alam sa ngayari sa lola ko tiyak kung sayo ngayari yun magkakaganyan ka din lakas mong makainit ng dugo ahh comment ka ng comment wala ka namang alam!!!!

  • \kikay pango
    11 June 2016 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Walmart management did the right decision not to award her fraudulent claim ….

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