Reposted from Making Change at Walmart
John, is a 39-year-old Walmart worker. He lives with his family in Malpitas, California. He has worked at the Freemont Walmart for 5 years as a greeter and shopping cart collector.
Two years ago, Juanitas was injured on the job and since then has had his hours cut. Currently, he works between 20 and 34 hours per week and earns approximately $11,000 a year.
When Juanitas initially started working at Walmart, he did so because he was looking for a job that would allow him to provide for his family. However, soon after he began working at Walmart he found himself impacted by the bullying, harassment and discrimination he experienced at the hands of his managers.
Juanitas, one of the founding members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) in the Bay Area, initially was afraid to speak up about the bullying he experiences and his poor wages because he felt alone. However, he has seen many of his coworkers stand up and fight for change at Walmart.
“I make poverty wages at Walmart and even though my family receives financial assistance from the state, we still struggle to make ends meet,” Juanitas said. “If I were to make $25,000 it would give my family the ability to live a better life. That’s why I am fighting, because I want a better life for me, my wife and our daughter.”