Target: C. Douglas Mcmillon, CEO of Walmart
Goal: Commend minimum wage increase for all Walmart employees.
The new CEO of Walmart has just raised the minimum wage for all workers to nine dollars an hour thanks in part to a recent Force Change petition. This is not a large amount of money by any means but the new wage is well above the federal minimum which is much too low. In many places, the federal minimum wage isn’t even enough money to pay for food and rent. Walmart does not have the best employee treatment history, but hopefully this move signals a new direction for the company.
Walmart is notorious for its low wages, scheduling practices that disadvantage workers, and denying health insurance benefits to most employees. Beyond that there have been reports of Walmart encouraging its workers to apply for food stamps and other federal aid programs when the wages they pay aren’t enough to get by. This is unacceptable and serves as a forced public subsidy of their profits. However, with the promise of a pay increase for all employees, not just those working full time, and the introduction of freer scheduling with more employee control, Walmart seems to be moving in the right direction.
While even ten dollars an hour is nowhere near enough money for the average American to live comfortably on, this attempt to raise wages is something to cheer. With encouragement and the increase in morale that their workers experience, there is even hope that the wage will be driven even higher as time goes on. Please sign below to commend this move towards better employee practices by Walmart and encourage them, as well as other big retailers, to make more decisions like this in the coming years.
Dear Mr. Mcmillon,
It has come to my attention that you intend to raise the wage of all of your workers to at least nine dollars an hour. While this is still not a comfortable living wage in most parts of the United States, it is a small step in the right direction for a company that has traditionally been viewed as anti-employee. Your commitment to also have freer scheduling processes that employees are more involved in is also another positive move, but I am writing to encourage you to keep going. Many Americans are still enraged by the fact that Walmart used to subsidize its profits with tax payer money by telling their employees to enroll in federal aid programs when their pay wasn’t enough. Or that many Walmart employees are kept from having full-time hours so that they can be denied health insurance benefits.
Actions such as this wage increase signal a change in the wind, however. I guarantee you that the raise in wages and scheduling freedom will translate into more productivity from your workers and more profits as people like me will no longer feel guilty shopping at your stores. Please continue to make employee-friendly decisions and know that by doing so, you are investing in the future of your company.
[Your Name Here]
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