On Sept. 10, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued this statement of support:

“When Walmart shut down the Pico Rivera store, it affected more than just the 530 people who lost their regular paychecks. It had and continues to have a devastating impact on this community. People lost the ability to provide for their families and contribute to our local economy. It is unconscionable that Walmart still refuses to reinstate these workers. I call on Walmart to fulfill its promises and to give our people back their jobs.”