Pay workers $15 an hour with consistent, full time hours
My name is Jaffet Alamilla. I work as an overnight stocker at a Walmart in Riverside, California. I just signed OUR Walmart’s "Call for Change” because I love my job at Walmart but I still struggle to provide for my family on Walmart pay.
After years of calling on Walmart to raise pay, I was so excited when I heard Walmart would be giving a raise to all of its store associates earlier this year. That excitement didn’t stick once I realized they were only raising base pay to $10 an hour, and even less for long term associates.
Ten dollars an hour is better than what most associates were getting but it’s still not enough to put food on the table for my family.
As a father of five, nothing in the world is more important to me than my kids. In fact, I work overnights just so I can try and spend more time with them during the day. But if it weren’t for the breakfasts and lunches that their schools provide, I honestly don’t know how my children would get three meals a day.
Our country is at a crossroads. Although our economy has started to improve – especially for those on Wall Street – many of us are still left without jobs or scrambling to survive.
Fortunately, thanks to the activism of Walmart workers and fast-food workers, there is incredible momentum for the fight for $15. Cities all over the country are raising the local minimum wage. And, less than two months ago, California and New York passed historic legislation setting two of the most populous states in the country on the path.
We are not alone. Recent polls have showed that a majority of Americans support an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hundreds of respected economists, and progressive champions in Congress have come out in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
I just still can’t imagine why a company where the CEO makes over $8,500 per hour refuses to change things and instead seeks to keep people like me in such hard situations. It’s time for Walmart to publicly commit to paying a decent wage.
It’s time for Walmart to publicly commit to pay all of its workers $15 per hour with consistent, full-time hours. If you sign my petition, you can send Walmart a message that you're with us in our fight.
I love my job at Walmart. I love my coworkers. But I also know Walmart can do better. That’s why I’m calling on them to change.
Thanks for letting me share.
1. Tung, Irene, Yannet Lathrop, and Paul Sonn. The Growing Movement For $15. National Employment Law Project, 2015. Web. 6 May 2016.