Bus tour stops planned in Greensboro and Charlotte
Show solidarity with workers organizing for a better life when the 2017 Expose Walmart Tour makes stops May 22nd in Charlotte and Greensboro.
The 2017 Expose Walmart tour is a 22-state, 30-city cross-country tour that will expose the many real stories of Walmart’s low wages, poor benefits, taxpayer-subsidies, and other negative community impacts. The tour kicks off in Phoenix on May 15th and ends at Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting in Fayetteville, AR on June 2nd. The tour will feature American workers, Walmart employees, community groups, elected officials, and leaders coming together to propose real solutions to the ‘Walmart-ization’ that is hurting our economy, costing taxpayers, and destroying our jobs.
What: Charlotte Bus Tour Stop
When: Monday, May 22nd at 12:00 PM
Where: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St.
What: Greensboro Bus Tour Stop
When: Monday, May 22nd at 3:00 PM
Where: Outside Greensboro City Hall, 300 W. Washington St.
Why Making Change at Walmart matters
Walmart is the largest private employer in the United States, with about 1.5 million workers, and profited $13.6 BILLION in 2016 alone. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon received $19.8 MILLION in compensation last year, and the Walton family has a joint net worth of $130 BILLION.
Despite lavish profits and pay for the company, the CEO, and the Walton family, people who work at Walmart aren’t so fortunate.
Walmart claims full-time employees make $13.75, on average, but the Making Change at Walmart campaign has yet to find a single worker who makes that much money (or more) in five months of searching. Besides which, a single parent with two kids working 35 hours a week for that wage would still qualify for Medicaid.
In fact, whether it’s because of low pay or being scheduled too few hours, many Walmart workers take home so little income they qualify for public help – an effective public subsidy of their employer’s bottom line that amounts to $6.2 BILLION in taxpayer-funded corporate welfare every year.
Worse could be that Walmart has leveraged its size to drive down retail workers’ pay by $4.7 BILLION since 2000 while displacing or eliminating American manufacturing jobs by being the largest importer of cheap foreign goods.
Walmart relies on consistently low pay, taxpayer welfare, high turnover, and outsourcing to boost their profits and CEO salaries, but the company could easily afford to do better. That’s why people working at Walmart are organizing for a better life – for themselves and everyone who pays the price for Walmart’s race-to-the-bottom business model.
Learn more about the campaign to change Walmart at http://changewalmart.org/.