By standing together, speaking out, and striking, Walmart workers won big. The company announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers over the next year.
Statement from Organization United for Respect at Walmart:
“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,” said Emily Wells, a leader of OUR Walmart, the organization of Walmart workers that has been fighting for better wages and hours at the retailer. Wells is a soon-to-be-mom paid $9.50 an hour and scheduled for only about 26 hours per week.
“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.” – Emily Wells, OUR Walmart
Let’s celebrate this victory, and keep on pushing for the change we need! OUR Walmart has shown what a committed group of associates can accomplish. Imagine what will be possible when OUR Walmart grows even larger.