Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders could be a presence at the Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting.
A Walmart employee sent in a proposal to Walmart Corporate requesting that Sanders speak at the upcoming event.
Sanders, who has been outspoken about employee rights, responded to the proposal on Facebook with the following message:
“Walmart workers are sick and tired of being paid poverty wages, while the Walton family is worth over $170 billion. I’m honored to have been invited by Walmart workers to demand they have a seat at the table of Walmart’s board. If hourly workers at Walmart were well represented on its board, I doubt you would see Walmart’s CEO making over a thousand times more than its average worker.”
Walmart also released a statement, which is as follows:
“The company will respond to specific shareholder proposals once they are formally presented at our June 5 shareholders meeting. Since the beginning, a cornerstone of Walmart’s culture has been engaging frontline associates in the management of the company, and we’re proud of the fact that 75% of our U.S. management associates began their career as frontline hourly associates. If Senator Sanders attends, we hope he will approach his visit not as a campaign stop, but as a constructive opportunity to learn about the many ways we’re working to provide increased economic opportunity, mobility and benefits to our associates — as well as our widely recognized leadership on environmental sustainability.”
The formal business meeting for shareholders will be held on June 5 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. A separate event for associates and shareholders will be held at Bud Walton Arena on June 7.