Organization United for Respect (OUR)
The Organization Untied for Respect (OUR) is the largest workplace-based organization in the country outside of traditional unions with over 5,000 members who’ve contributed financially and tens of thousands of supporters across 2,500 stores. OW believes that building a movement of low-income Walmart workers and their families is critical to winning more just and equitable communities. Walmart is the world’s largest employer with 1.4 million workers in the US and the largest employer of women, African Americans and Latinos. Any change that the company makes greatly impacts our communities and our entire national economy.
Through leadership development, peer-to-peer networking and public campaigns that lift up the worker’s stories, we have established a track record of winning improved wages and employment standards, as well as public policy campaigns that impact working families. Just this year, OUR members won a historic wage increase at Walmart, followed by Target, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, that is putting billions of dollars into the pockets of retail workers.
OUR has also participated in policy campaigns to win minimum wage increases, fair scheduling, paid sick time and rights for pregnant women at Walmart. OUR leaders and activists are largely low-wage workers, people of color, and women, and are poised not only to be engaged as voters themselves, but also to share their stories publicly to put retail and Walmart at the center of major policy debates and to educate and activate their families, coworkers, and larger communities on a variety of issues in 2016 local and national elections. OUR program priorities are set by leadership teams worker leaders organized into national, local and issue based leadership teams.
OUR is seeking funding to continue our work, further develop our civic engagement program, and develop a digital platform that will transform the way that workers can come together across geography to support each other, connect to quality, low-cost services and programs, and join campaigns to change both Walmart and public policy.
The Organization United for Respect (OUR) is a project of the New World Foundation. You can find out more about how to donate to support our work here.