Worker Asks New CEO McMillon: Will You Pay Us Enough to Care for Our Families?

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.

ObamaSimonSays1.29I’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.

Sincerely,

Richard Wilson
Walmart Associate & OUR Walmart Member
Chicago, Illinois