In the wake of the horrific shooting that took place at an El Paso Walmart, employees are taking action and staging a walkout to protest gun sales by the franchise.
One Walmart corporate worker urged his co-workers to plan a sick-out in a mass message he wrote to slack in the hopes that he could persuade the company to stop selling guns.
Thomas Marshall, who works in an e-commerce division in San Bruno, California said,
“Of all the gun tragedies, this hit the closest to home for a lot of us. I felt like I had to do something or else I would really be complicit in a company that was continuing to sell firearms.”
Around 20,000 people got the message.
“In light of recent events, and in response to Corporate’s inaction, we are organizing a ‘sick out’ general strike to protest Walmart’s profit from the sale of guns, Marshall added. Walmart is a company that has always placed its associates and customers first, and we have recently made great strides toward fostering a safe, inclusive, and progressive community. Last year, Walmart raised the minimum age to buy a firearm or ammunition from 18 to 21 and removed products resembling assault-style rifles from its inventory. Walmart is still, however, the single largest retailer of firearms in the United States. We have made great strides already, but now we must organise to shape this company into a place we can all be proud of. As associates, we have the power, ability, and opportunity to change this company for the better.”
Another employee urged others to sign a petition to ban guns on Change.org. The walkout is scheduled for Monday and will feature a moment of silence for the victims.