OUR Walmart Members Join the “Give America a Raise” Bus Tour in Illinois

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 5 Comments
OUR Walmart Members Join the “Give America a Raise” Bus Tour in Illinois

Last week, on March 31, members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, local elected officials, labor and faith leaders, and other low-wage workers in Chicago as part of the “Give America A Raise” bus tour.  The bus tour, launched by Americans United for Change, is an 11-state tour to urge Republicans in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. Rose Campbell, a Walmart employee and OUR Walmart leader, spoke at a rally in Chicago about Walmart worker’s struggle to make ends meet while earning a Walmart poverty wage.

“Americans agree that no one who works should live in poverty, yet the reality is that workers around the country earning minimum wage are living below the poverty line,” said Rose Campbell. “It’s long past time for Congress to give America a raise.”

Since 2009, the federal minimum wage has remained the same but the price of price of food, gas, utilities, and basic necessities have dramatically increase due to economic inflation, making it nearly impossible to get by anywhere in America on $7.25 an hour or $15,000 a year.

A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 63% of Illinois voters support raising the minimum wage to $10 – while only 33% are opposed – and by 11 point spread that they’re less likely to vote for Senator Mark Kirk again if he opposes it.

“The Tea Party-approved voting records of Senator Kirk and Illinois’ Republican Congressmen show that they’re more interested in voting for minimum tax responsibility for millionaires and huge corporations that outsource jobs than helping hard working Illinois workers climb out of poverty and one rung closer to the middle class, said Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change. “Their priority should be providing a needed boost not just for the millions of struggling low-wage American workers that can barely survive on $7.25, but for the U.S. economy as a whole.”

A new report out from Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that raising the minimum wage would increase wages for 1,127,000 workers in Illinois by more than $1.3 billion if the minimum wage is raised to $10.10, and it would generate more than $860 million of economic activity in the state.

The bus tour’s Illinois stops included Chicago, Belvidere, and Springfield. 

5 Comments

  1. Tom P Noonan
    April 2, 2014

    it is time for Walmart join the Union for all Walmart Workers and for all Sam’s Club Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club.

    Thank You Very Much
    From Tom P Noonan

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  2. Missy
    April 5, 2014

    Something needs to be said about worker exploitation. My husband has put in a 24 hour day to complete his job. Regardless of receiving a evaluation recently describing how he exceeds expectations he received a coaching for being lazy because 1 mod was not on time. Human resources needs a makeover.

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    • Billybob 44
      April 24, 2014

      Come on, 24 hour day? Most people complain that they don’t get enough hours.

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    • Billybob 44
      April 28, 2014

      He received a coaching for being LAZY? What does he expect when it takes him 24 hours to complete his job? Most people can complete their jobs in 5 to 6 hours!

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  3. floridanativee
    April 6, 2014

    Raising the min wage would put hundreds of thousands of people out of work. It is easy to improve your wages. Employers are crying out for good employees. If employers have to pay $10/hour, those who are now only worth $8/hour will not be the ones filling those positions, They will be unemployed.

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