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USPetition by Walmart employee to protest gun sales gathers nearly 45,000 signatures

18:40  08 august  2019
18:40  08 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Walmart ’s store employees have long called on the company to improve pay, benefits and scheduling practices. But this week’s efforts are among the first In addition to Wednesday’s walkout, employees encouraged their colleagues to call in sick on Tuesday in protest of the company’s gun policies

- Roughly 40 white-collar Walmart employees here walked out Wednesday afternoon to protest the retailer’s gun policies after deadly Organizers also started a Change.org petition to call on company executives to stop selling firearms. As of Wednesday evening, it had more than 38, 000 signatures .

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A petition started by a junior Walmart Inc worker in California to protest the retailer's sale of firearms, following two mass shootings over the weekend left 31 people dead in Texas and Ohio, has gathered nearly 45,000 signatures.

Petition by Walmart employee to protest gun sales gathers nearly 45,000 signatures© Reuters/JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ A police officer stands next to a police cordon after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso

Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old category manager in San Bruno began his protest by emailing fellow employees and asking them to call in sick on Tuesday, leave work early on Wednesday, and sign a Change.org petition.

The petition, which is open to the public, is steadily approaching its goal of 50,000 signatures.

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A Walmart employee in the company's e-commerce business says the company shut him out after he organized a protest against the retailer's gun Thomas Marshall, a 23-year-old category manager in Walmart ’s San Bruno, Calif.-based e-commerce business, asked employees to call in sick Tuesday

Dozens of white-collar Walmart employees are expected to walk out Wednesday afternoon to protest the retailer's gun policies after Organizers also started a Change.org petition calling on company executives to stop selling firearms. As of Wednesday morning it had more than 15,800 signatures .

"In light of these recent tragedies -- a mere snapshot of the gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States -- and in response to Corporate's inaction, we as employees are organizing several days of action, to protest Walmart's profit from the sale of firearms and ammunition," the petition says.

Earlier this week, Walmart told Reuters there had been no change in its policy on gun sales after the mass shootings, one of which took place in a Walmart store.

Years of public pressure led Walmart, the largest U.S arms retailer, to end assault rifle sales in 2015 and in 2018 to raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21. Some gun control activists and Walmart customers now want the retailer to drop sales of guns and ammunition altogether.

Walmart did not respond to a request for comment on the petition and Marshall's actions.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Susan Thomas)

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