Labor Scholars, Women’s Groups, and Walmart Activists Challenge Hillary Clinton to Use Her Walmart Influence to Raise Women’s Wages
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Contact: Pete Davis, Time for a Raise campaign / 347-453-3135 / PDavis@CSRL.org
LABOR SCHOLARS, WOMEN’S GROUPS, AND WALMART ACTIVISTS
CHALLENGE HILLARY CLINTON TO USE HER WALMART INFLUENCE
TO RAISE WOMEN’S WAGES
Dozens of labor scholars, women’s groups, and Walmart activists issued a letter today asking Hillary Clinton to use her deep Walmart ties to urge the mega-retailer to raise wages for their predominantly-female workforce.
The Walmart Corporation is the largest employer in the United States, employing about one in every hundred Americans. Walmart pays hundreds of thousands of their workers less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than minimum wage workers made 46 years ago. Seventy percent of the positions subject to Walmart’s hourly poverty wage regime are held by women. Walmart could empower hundreds of thousands of female workers by paying all of their workers at least $10.92, which is the inflation-adjusted wage that the lowest paid Walmart workers — under the leadership of their founder, Sam Walton — earned in the late 1960’s.
In 1986, Hillary Clinton became Walmart’s first female director. During her six years as a Walmart board member from 1986-1992, she pushed for women’s empowerment in management, but did not publicly champion the wage plight of Walmart’s predominantly-female hourly workers. With this letter, labor scholars (including University of Pennsylvania Professor Adolph Reed, as well as the President of the Southern Labor Studies Association), women’s groups (including Georgia Women for Change and the Maine Women’s Lobby) and Walmart wage activists (including consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Sprawlbuster’s Al Norman and Beverly Moreton, author of To Serve God and Walmart) are challenging Clinton to expand her push for Walmart women’s empowerment to their hourly workforce.
The letter cites specific ties between Walmart and Clinton [...]