To: Walmart

If Gap Can Raise Wages, So Can Walmart!

If Gap Can Raise Wages, So Can Walmart!

Walmart cannot be neutral when, despite its $17 billion in profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on tax-payer programs. Pay your workers a minimum of $25,000 per year so they are not forced to rely on government assistance.

Why is this important?

I just read that Gap announced plans to raise its wage to $10 by the end of next year. Yet, Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, has failed to act while many of its 1.3 million workers are barely scraping by. If Gap can do it, Walmart can too.

I’m 27 years old and have worked at Walmart for three years. Even though I went to college and did everything right, I make just $9.25 an hour.

The low pay and part-time work at Walmart means every week I have to choose between eating and paying my bills. If Walmart paid a decent wage, I’d be able to pay student loans off quickly and I’d be able to get married and start pursuing my dreams.

For more than two years, Walmart workers like me have been standing up to Walmart. The company has sought to silence us by targeting and firing many of those who speak out. We didn’t back down. Instead we went on strike to protest this retaliation and Walmart is now facing prosecution by the National Labor Relations Board for this illegal intimidation.

While workers have made significant progress at the store level in many locations, Walmart corporate continues to focus on shiny public relations ads about opportunity in the company, rather than creating quality jobs. By the company’s own admission, most workers make less than $25,000 a year. Most deal with erratic work schedules and inadequate hours on top of low pay.

Worst of all, Walmart can afford to do better, but it chooses not to.

Despite its $17 billion in profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on taxpayer-funded programs. In fact, last November Fortune magazine demonstrated how Walmart could afford to raise workers’ wages by 50% without hurting the business. Similarly, Demos concluded that Walmart could afford to give workers a “substantial raise.” 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.

I just still can’t imagine why a company that makes as much money as Walmart 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. If you sign my petition, you can send Walmart a message that you're with us in our fight.

Sources:
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/walmart-strike
Demos: http://www.demos.org/press-release/new-demos-report-shows-substantial-raise-possible-walmart-workers-holiday-season
Fortune: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/11/12/wal-mart-pay-raise/
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/walmart-salary_n_4151131.html
CBS Money Watch: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nlrb-says-walmart-retaliated-against-workers/

Legal Disclaimer: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Wal-Mart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Wal-Mart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Wal-Mart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.

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