Anthony Goytia is a 31 year-old father of three. He lives in California and works at the Walmart store in Duarte. He’s one of the 825,000 Walmart employees who is struggling to get by on less than $25,000 annually.
This year, he is on schedule to make around $12,000.
After paying $850 for the one bedroom apartment where he lives with his family, he is left with an incredibly tight budget he’s forced to stretch as far as possible. Anthony knows how to use potatoes to make food go further. His family carefully rations Ramen Noodles and cans of tuna.
But no matter how far Anthony stretches the food he can afford, he can’t get by on just his $12,000/yr. He is forced to rely on MediCal and food stamps. He’s had teeth removed, because he couldn’t afford the necessary dental work to save them.
“I don’t need cable or a big house, but I shouldn’t have to resort to selling my plasma and participating in medical trials to be able to feed my kids,” Anthony said.
Most concerning, Anthony says he can’t even live pay check-to-pay check. “I have to live Pay Day Loan-to-Pay Day Loan.” This keeps him in a constant cycle of debt and poverty, relying on one loan to pay off another.
Anthony isn’t looking for charity. He simply wants adequate hours and wages to get by on the hard work he puts in at Walmart. He’s calling on the company to publicly commit to pay a minimum of $25,000 a year. Read about more workers like Anthony each week as we release more stories of the 825,000 Walmart employees struggling to get by on less than $25,000 a year.