Target: Douglas McMillon, Walmart CEO
Goal: Extend Walmart employee discounts to include all food items.
While many of their employees go hungry, big box stores will draw millions in profits this holiday season. This is especially true of the discount conglomerate Walmart. As the largest private employer in the United States, Walmart enlists the help of over two million Americans. Yet despite pulling upwards of $16 billion in profits each year, Walmart is notoriously stingy with its employee benefits.
Shockingly, Walmart’s meager 10 percent discount for employees does not even cover most foods. Produce can be purchased at a discounted rate, as can snacks and candy. But important food staples such as milk, bread, and eggs are off limits.
No person who works full-time should have to go hungry. However, rising rent and food prices combined with a relatively stagnant minimum wage have made this a reality for many Americans. A company as successful as Walmart can easily afford to share some of its wealth with its employees. Just shaving off a tiny fraction of CEO Douglas McMillon’s $25 million yearly paycheck would fund better discounts for employees–a difference that could mean putting food on the table this holiday season.
Don’t let huge companies get away with shortchanging their employees. Urge the CEO of Walmart to expand employee discounts to include all food items.
Dear Mr. McMillon,
I am writing you out of concern for the more than two million Walmart employees in the United States. It has come to my attention that the modest discount offered to these employees only covers certain types of food. Fresh produce is important, but so are food staples such as milk, eggs, and bread.
Walmart employees have also reported being able to buy snacks or candy with their discount, but not healthy packaged foods. Walmart should be encouraging its employees to be healthy, not to make hard decisions about what foods they can afford.
The Walmart employee discount is not a large offering. Ten percent does little more than cover sales tax, yet it still aids families who may be struggling to make ends meet. Expanding the discount to cover all food items could mean a world of difference to many this holiday season.
I believe a company as successful as Walmart, which generates billions in profits each year, can extend a little more help to its employees. Please make the right decision and choose to expand employee discounts to all food items.
[Your Name Here]
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