In my email today!
I wanted you to see this now because this is an important moment for Walmart workers across the country, who will hold an unprecedented 1,500 protests this Black Friday, organized by our friends at Making Change at Walmart.
Thanksgiving weekend is the biggest retail weekend of the year. It’s also a time when employees of big box chains are notoriously overworked. Many of them are expected to sacrifice spending the holiday with their family in order to maximize corporate profits — even though the amount of money they take home for their efforts is painfully low.
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– Eden James, Political Director
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From: Karli Wallace, Democracy for America
Date: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:01 AM
Subject: What Walmart just did
It has actually come to this: on Monday, news broke that a Walmart in Ohio has set up a donation box asking employees to donate desperately needed food — to struggling, hungry Walmart employees.
That’s right. Walmart raked in $15.7 billion in profits last year alone, but apparently they don’t feel any need to share that wealth with their millions of workers. Instead, they stick them with poverty wages, then send them off to ask government, food banks, or even each other for help.
If it wasn’t clear before, it should be clear now — Walmart is never going to do right by its employees. It is up to us to make them pay a fair wage.
Senate Democrats just introduced a bill that would increase the minimum wage. President Obama publicly supports it, and it could pass the Senate in a couple of weeks, bringing us that much closer to having fairer wages for all — but it will only happen if Republicans listen to the American people and get out of the way.
Raising the minimum wage might be the most popular policy ever proposed. More than 80% of Americans say they think wages should go up. And it isn’t a partisan thing, either — more than 60% of Republicans agree.
The numbers don’t lie — Republicans who try to stop a minimum wage increase from happening are acting directly against the will of the majority of their own constituents. But rich executives of big corporations like Walmart benefit greatly from a super low minimum wage — and they are prepared to spend lots of cash supporting politicians who pledge to keep it low.
This minimum wage increase can pass in the Senate — the votes are already there. But if Senate Republicans listen to big money donors instead of the vast majority of Americans and choose to unfairly filibuster, this legislation will die and millions will lose their chance to rise out of poverty.
Thank you for fighting for hard-working people everywhere,
Karli Wallace, Campaign Organizer
Democracy for America
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