Target: Glenn Murphy, Chairman and CEO of Gap, Inc.
Goal: Commend clothing company for raising the minimum wage for their U.S. employees
It is nearly impossible for workers earning the current federal minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) to support themselves, and it is due time that companies nationwide take the initiative to support their employees and business by providing them with a more appropriate living wage. Average Americans should not have to work two or three part time jobs just to support themselves and their families, and campaigns across the country are already making that clear.
Glenn Murphy, Chairman and CEO of Gap, Inc., has announced his company will raise their minimum wage to $9 an hour in June 2014, and $10 in 2015 for more than 65,000 of their employees. As owner of Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Intermix, Murphy’s decision will have a major impact for Americans across the nation. This is a crucial time for Gap to announce its move, as the U.S. House and Senate debate a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.
These actions show that Gap not only has its business interest in mind, but also the well-being of its employees. Hopefully this move will become a catalyst for other major companies in the U.S. to follow suit. Commend Murphy for taking the initiative to raise the minimum wage for his employees.
Dear Mr. Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy,
Your recent decision to raise the minimum wage for more than 65,000 of your U.S. employees is a welcome change to the poor solutions usually offered by the corporate world to alleviate workers’ grievances. Gap, Inc.’s move comes at a crucial time, as the debate over the minimum wage is heating up at the federal level. Your decision has the potential to influence that debate in a great way.
Thank you for making the right move for workers across the United States, and showing other companies that it is in their best interest to do the same. As a country we cannot afford to ignore the needs of those who work in hourly positions, and I am happy to know that you and Gap, Inc. stand on their side.
[Your Name Here]
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