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• Walmart’s annual meeting next month is going to be attended by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who will use the event to propel his campaign for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination.

According to Bloomberg, “Sanders, a longtime critic of labor practices at the nation’s biggest private employer, will introduce a shareholder proposal at the June 5 meeting in Rogers, Arkansas, a spokeswoman for his campaign said. The proposal, which has no chance of passing, calls for Walmart to give its hourly workers a board seat.

“Sanders also introduced a bill last year to improve pay and sick leave at Walmart and other large companies. He will speak as a proxy for Cat Davis, the Walmart employee who filed the latest action, according to United for Respect, a workers’ rights organization.”

Bloomberg says that “it’s not yet clear whether Sanders will meet with Walmart’s directors or executives at the event.”

Walmart’s response to the announced visit: ““If Senator Sanders attends, we hope he will approach his visit not as a campaign stop, but as a constructive opportunity to learn about the many ways we’re working to provide increased economic opportunity, mobility and benefits to our associates.”
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