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My Story: Kayla Mock

MAY 9, 2013

Kayla MockI’m was a shop steward with UFCW Local 400 when I worked as a Deli Clerk at Giant Food in Manassas, Virginia. I worked at Giant for 12 years. At first, I was a temporary employee, but decided to make a career out of it when my store unionized. The contracts negotiated over the years by my local union provided me with a comfortable life.
Other companies, Giant Food included, use Walmart as an excuse to lower the standards of how it treats workers. Walmart is the largest company in the world; it should set the bar high, not lower the bar for workers worldwide. It’s not okay when companies use Walmart’s bad behavior as an excuse to treat their workers poorly as well.
For this reason, I see Walmart as the main obstacle to achieving the American Dream. Walmart creates a vicious cycle of working to survive, rather than working to improve your quality of life. When Walmart refuses to give workers a living wage, steady hours and affordable healthcare how are people supposed to make their lives better, let alone achieve the American dream?

I am scared of the future that Walmart is shaping for my kids and grandkids. It is so difficult to have a comfortable life now and with the standards for workers continually being driven down, it terrifies me to see how low the standards will be for the future generations. That’s why it is so important to hold companies like Walmart accountable for the way it treats their workers and the effect it has on workers’ conditions across the world.


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