The following is a letter from an Illinois Walmart employee and OUR Walmart member to Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon.
Dear Mr. McMillon:
As the new CEO of Walmart, you have a great opportunity to lead the company in a new direction by listening to and respecting workers who are standing together for positive change at Walmart.
I’m a 26-year-old Walmart worker from Chicago, Illinois, and hope to be a minister one day. I work an average of 32 hours a week in the meat department at Walmart’s Lakeview Neighborhood Market in Chicago, which adds up to about $13,000 a year. As you can imagine, I struggle to make ends meet.
I first started working at Walmart two years ago while still in college because I was promised a career with a company that values employees. Now I live with my grandmother, because I can’t afford a place of my own and have trouble affording the $200 a month I give her for living there.
I’m not alone. Too many Walmart workers make less than $25,000 a year and are forced to rely on public assistance for food, shelter and healthcare. That’s why I joined the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). 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.
As the largest private employer in the country, Walmart can and should pay its workers a decent wage. I’m writing to ask you if you’ll pay us enough to survive and take care of our families.
I hope you will listen to and respect us as Associates, so that we can make enough to support our families and contribute to our local economies and communities.
Walmart Associate & OUR Walmart Member