To: President Obama

President Obama: Meet with Walmart Workers

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Robert Reich
President Obama: Meet with Walmart Workers

President Obama declared income inequality the defining and most urgent issue of our time. Yet, he held a photo op at Walmart -- one of the worst employers and biggest contributors to income inequality in the country.

Join us in telling President Obama: Meet with Walmart workers and hear about their working conditions first-hand -- then stand with them in asking Walmart to raise its wages.

Why is this important?

Let’s make one thing absolutely clear: Walmart is the worst -- but they could be the best, super-charging our economy overnight by providing their workers with a living wage. Walmart pays their workers a median hourly wage of $8.80, but if Walmart raised its wages to $15 an hour, most of its workers and their families would be out of poverty, and those higher wages would flow back into the economy in the form of more purchases and more jobs.

This is an accountability moment for President Obama and Walmart. That’s why my friends at Democracy for America and Making Change at Walmart are calling on the president to meet with Walmart workers to hear about their working conditions first-hand.

I know just the person President Obama should meet. Pam Ramos works at the Walmart that President Obama visited in Mountain View, California. For years Pam has scraped by, paycheck to paycheck, eating potato chips for lunch so she can feed her kids and pay her bills. She lives out of her car and can barely afford a doctor for her medical conditions.

Join us in telling President Obama: Meet with Walmart workers and hear about their working conditions first-hand -- then stand with them in asking Walmart to raise its wages.

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My campaign was inspired by a petition started by Making Change at Walmart, which has attracted more than 200,000 signatures as of May 2014. Those signatures are included in this new joint campaign on YouPower, Democracy for America’s petition platform for progressive change.

Legal Disclaimer: UFCW and OUR Walmart have the purpose of helping Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards. UFCW and OUR Walmart have no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with UFCW or OUR Walmart as the representative of Walmart employees.