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Walmart corporate employee sends mass email urging workers to go on strike until the company stops selling guns (WMT)


FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo Walmart employees gather in a nearby parking lot after a shooting at the store in Southaven, Miss. The discounter has dealt with thousands of violent crimes at its stores across the country, including one that took place less than a week ago at a store in Mississippi where a disgruntled worker killed two co -workers and wounded a police officer. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

A Walmart corporate employee on Monday sent a mass email urging workers to go on strike on Tuesday, according to a copy of the email viewed by Business Insider.
Thomas Marshall, who works for Walmart’s e-commerce division, is calling on workers to strike to pressure the company to stop selling guns in the wake of the El Paso, Texas, shooting that killed at least 22 people.
“I have no number yet as how many people will either strike all day tomorrow, or walk-out mid-day, but we have gotten a considerable amount of support already,” Marshall told Business Insider on Monday.
Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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A Walmart corporate employee is urging workers to go on strike on Tuesday to pressure the company to stop selling guns in the wake of two deadly shootings at Walmart stores.

Thomas Marshall, a Walmart e-commerce category specialist based in the company’s San Bruno, California, offices, on Monday sent a mass email advocating a strike to the company’s entire e-commerce team, which includes thousands of people at multiple corporate offices across the country.

“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 wrote, according to a copy of the email viewed by Business Insider.

Walmart “has always placed its associates and customers first,” but remains a top seller of firearms in the US and “as associates, we have the power, ability, and opportunity to change this company for the better,” he wrote. “Tomorrow, Tuesday 8/6/2019, do not show up to work.”

Read more: Walmart says it won’t change gun sales policies in wake of 2 deadly shootings at its stores

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When contacted by Business Insider, Marshall confirmed that he sent the email and said he also posted the text of the message on a Slack message board for all Walmart associates.

“I have no number yet as how many people will either strike all day tomorrow, or walk-out mid-day, but we have gotten a considerable amount of support already,” he told Business Insider on Monday.

The email cited the shooting that killed at least 22 people at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday. Another shooting at a Southaven, Mississippi Walmart earlier in the week killed two Walmart employees.

In the aftermath of the shootings, Walmart has said it has no plans to change its polices around the sales of guns and ammunition.

Read the full email that was sent to Walmart workers on Monday:

I apologize for the mass email, but this is important, and I thank you for your time.

Yesterday, 21 people were murdered at Walmart #2201 in El Paso, Texas.

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.

Walmart is a company that …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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