DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton area Walmart workers rallied outside the company’s York Commons Boulevard store Wednesday morning to protest what they said are illegal firings and disciplinary action against co-workers.
Ricki Hahn was one of those protesters.
“Personally, I built this store. I’ve been with this store since day one and I would rather not be run out from the store that I built,” said Hahn.
She was among the local employees fighting for higher wages and improved working conditions.
The protest followed Walmart’s recent firings and disciplinary action against workers who have spoken out for better jobs.
“Because of the part time hours, the low pay, the erratic scheduling, they just can’t get ahead,” said State Representative Connie Pillich.
“If we can get managers to listen to our suggestions, to our complaints, and to take action on it and not just file it in the cupboard, we can make this place a place we want to be at, not a place we have to be at,” said Hahn.
Taking to the front of the store, they held signs and passed out fliers to customers walking into the store.
“We don’t want them to have to pay to work. We want them to work to get paid,” said Elder Charles Byrd, a pastor of the Apostolic Church of Christ who was in support of the workers.
2 NEWS asked Walmart Media Relations about the company’s response to the rally. They gave us employee Tarynn Reeder to talk to, who said she disagrees with the protest.
“It’s just their opinion,” said Reeder.
Reeder has been with the company since 2010 and has worked her way up from a stock employee to supervisor.
“It wasn’t hard to work my way up. It’s just the working hard process,” admitted Reeder.”You work your way up to your wages.”
She said she works full-time and has been able to make a good living off of her Walmart salary. She says she has been more than satisfied with her employment experience.
“We work as a team for real. We’re here to support each other. We’re here to invite customers in,” said Reeder.
Walmart workers in 20 cities across the country are expected to strike this week, according to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 Communications Coordinator Laurie Couch.
2 NEWS emailed Walmart in regards to the nationwide protests for a company response. Company officials responded with this link.