Wake Up Wal-Mart is a campaign group founded by United Food and Commercial Workers Union. It is based in Washington, D.C. and is often critical of the business practices of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, and the largest private employer in the United States. The group claims Wal-Mart is currently offering its employees substandard wages and health care benefits, and has called on the retailer to improve both. Wake Up Wal-Mart was founded April 5, 2005 and maintains the web site WakeupWalMart.com, the centerpiece of the organization.
The group argues that Wal-Mart pays "poverty wages", relies on public health care rather than providing its employees with healthcare, and is, in general, harmful to communities.
Wal-Mart Workers of America
In 2005, the group formed an organization called "Wal-Mart Workers of America". The group said that the purpose of the new organization is to assist past and present Wal-Mart employees, but that it is not a formal labor union.