Last month, in an address to Goldman Sachs, Walmart US CEO Bill Simon stated that “over 475,000 (Walmart) Associates earned more than $25,000 last year.” This admission affirmed what many of us already know: the vast majority of Walmart workers – as many as 825,000 in the US – are making less than $25,000 annually.
Today, Walmart workers and members of congress joined together in calling on Walmart to provide this minimal wage to all of its employees.
“I support OUR Walmart workers who are simply asking Walmart, a corporation with nearly $17 billion in profits, to pay livable wages,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). “These workers deserve safe workplaces and the right to speak out for their workplace rights without risking retaliation or being fired. It’s time that Walmart listen to their workers who are here to demand what all Americans want: fair pay, fair rules and fair treatment.”
Rep. Schakowsky went on to point out that the $25,000/annual wage that workers are requesting for full-time work is hardly “a luxury wage or anything extravagant.” Based on Census Bureau thresholds, which are widely held to underestimate livings costs, the poverty line sits at just $23,550 for a family of four.
While these numbers can be shocking, they capture the reality of getting by, or not getting by on less than $25,000 a year. In the spirit of putting a face to these statistics, we are proud to launch our new blog series documenting the true stories of just a handful of the 825,000 Walmart employees struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year. Click here to read the first blog in our series about the majority of Walmart workers scraping by on less than $25,000.