The rationale for the sudden closure of Walmart in Pico Rivera and other stores across the country would be laughable if not for the devastating impact it will have on our workers and their families. Is it good business for Walmart, without warning, to slam the door on their employees, their customers and the City of Pico Rivera? As I’ve asked questions of Walmart, I’ve tried not to jump to conclusions, but they have no solid answers.
This closure doesn’t make sense at any level, leading to speculation that Walmart is using it to quiet workers who are fighting for a living wage. I sincerely hope that is not the case, but as they say, where there is smoke, there is fire and at this stage, it seems the hard working employees in Pico Rivera are the ones getting burned.
The people of Pico Rivera are my constituents, they deserve answers from Walmart and I will continue to stand with them for as long as it takes.