This year Osvaldo Alonso will celebrate his 60th birthday and will earn about $18,000 working full-time at Walmart. Alonso, who is originally from Cuba, has worked at the Walmart in Miami for four years.
Like many, Alonso was severely impacted by the economic downturn in 2008. As a result, he took a job at Walmart where he initially made slightly more than $8 an hour. Four years later he makes a little more than $10 an hour.
“I am grateful that I have a job, but it is unacceptable how much Walmart pays us and how we are treated. I work full-time but how can I support my wife and children when I only make $18,000 a year? Walmart can pay us more, but they have chosen to pay us poverty wages,” Alonso said. “ I have one question for the Waltons, ‘how can you let this happen to the people that have helped give you so much wealth?’”
Alonso came to the US for better opportunities and a better life for his family. Soon after starting work at Walmart, he discovered how badly Walmart management treats its employees. He joined OUR Walmart so that he could stand up against injustice, unfairness and poor wages.
If he could change Walmart, Alonso would change current management and make sure new management treats its workers with respect. He would make sure that all workers’ rights were being respected, including the right to stand together and speak out for change.
Read about more workers like Osvaldo each week as we release more stories from the majority of Walmart employees who struggle to get by on less than $25,000 a year.