Originally posted on Making Change at Walmart
Dear Mr. McMillon:
Welcome to your new role as Walmart’s CEO. I was heartened to hear that you recently attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss issues such as global income inequality. I believe income inequality is one of the most important issues of our time, and that’s one of the reasons I became a member of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart)—an organization that was formed by and for hourly associates in Walmart stores to help make our company a better place to work.
As a Walmart employee for over two years at the Placerville, California, store, I know firsthand how it feels to work hard and still struggle to make ends meet. I earn $9.80 an hour as a part-time employee—which adds up to about $12,000 per year—and live from paycheck to paycheck. I don’t have health insurance, and recently suffered a major economic setback because I got sick and had to pay $300 out of my own pocket to see a doctor.
Too many Walmart workers are just like me—struggling to survive on part-time hours and forced to rely on taxpayer programs for support. That’s why members of OUR Walmart have called on the company to publicly commit to raising wages and increasing access to full-time hours so that no worker at Walmart makes less than $25,000 per year.
Walmart can and should lead the way in making sure that retail jobs are good jobs—the kind that come with good benefits and wages for all workers. As the new CEO, I hope you will take the time to meet with members of OUR Walmart to hear about our experiences and listen to our concerns.
Margaret Karch Hooten
Walmart Associat & OUR Walmart Member