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Walmart employs hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country. The majority of those workers make minimum wage—as Walmart executives are making BILLIONS. Our friends at OUR Walmart have been fighting for a living wage by starting petitions, staging protests, and organizing to fight for their rights.
Last week, Walmart workers won a big victory: Walmart announced that they will be raising their wages so that, soon, no worker will make less than $10 per hour. While this is a huge step, we still have a long way to go. But one thing is clear: when you fight for your rights, you win. Congratulations, Walmart workers!
Check out what Emily wells, a leader of OUR Walmart, had to say:
“We are so proud that by standing together we won raises for 500,000 Walmart workers, whose families desperately need better pay and regular hours from the company we make billions for. We know that this wouldn’t have happen without our work to stand together with hundreds of thousands of supporters to change the country’s largest employer. The company is addressing the very issues that we have been raising about the low pay and erratic scheduling, and acknowledging how many of us are being paid less than $10 an hour, and many workers like me, are not getting the hours we need.”
“Especially without a guarantee of getting regular hours, this announcement still falls short of what American workers need to support our families. With $16 billion in profits and $150 billion in wealth for the owners, Walmart can afford to provide the good jobs that Americans need–and that means $15 an hour, full-time, consistent hours and respect for our hard work.”