The Biggest #WalmartProblem is Poverty Pay
- Since its founding, the giant retailer has been underpaying and disrespecting workers — paying poverty wages and retaliating harshly when workers were courageous enough to stand up and fight back.
- Walmart workers have been standing up and calling for change. This year over 1 million workers got a raise when Walmart started listening raised base pay to $10 an hour.
- going to $10 for its lowest paid workers still does not provide enough income to support the basic needs of a single adult working Walmart’s full-time schedule of 34 hours per week in any state in the country.
This week, Walmart workers shared their stories on why $10 is not enough.
- An employee making $10/hour, working a full time 34 hour work week, will make just $17,680 a year.
#OURWalmartSolution:If Walmart raised employee pay to $15 an hour, a worker with a full time schedule of 40 hours a week could make $31,200 a year-- enough to take care of their families.
Workers in 1,000 stores in all 50 states joined the Call for Change calling for Walmart to pay $15 an hour with full-time hours and an end to retaliation.
Low pay, lack of hours and understaffing are also impacting customers in our stores.
- We asked Walmart workers and customers across the country to share the problems they see and their ideas on how to fix them.
- Walmart associates shared pictures showing how understaffing leads to long lines and empty shelves.
- All this contributes to customers' dissatisfaction and tarnishing the Walmart brand. Customers join in sharing their discontent about inadequate staffing and low inventories via #WalmartProblems.