Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) is a campaign that works to strengthen our economy and working families by demanding Walmart improve policies in pay and working conditions. In the days leading up to Black Friday, routinely the busiest shopping day for Walmart and other retailers, MCAW and local Walmart workers are protesting and holding Walmart accountable. In the guest blog below, Walmart worker Cantare Duvant describes what the campaign is demanding, how advocates are standing up, and how you can get involved.
By Cantare Duvant
I’m a 30-year old part-time Customer Service Manager at the Apple Valley Walmart store in Minnesota.
This November, I’ve been standing up with my fellow workers and members of OUR Walmart—an organization of current and former Walmart associates—for change at America’s largest private employer.
It’s time for Walmart and the Waltons—America’s richest family—to finally pay their associates a living wage of $15 an hour so that American taxpayers no longer have to subsidize Walmart’s workforce when they end up on welfare or food stamps, because they don’t earn enough to survive.
Associates also need access to full-time hours. Even those of us who make closer to $10 an hour can’t make ends meet when we are only given 16 hours a week to work—like me.