You have probably seen this photo of a food drive for Wal-Mart employees. It has gone viral on the internet. But did you know that Wal-Mart’s CEO makes more in an hour than many full-time Wal-Mart workers make in an entire year?
Their post — Giving thanks: A luxury that Wal-Mart workers can’t afford — credits worker advocates who have invested years organizing for living wages and fair treatment of workers for giving us some hope and reason for thanks this Thanksgiving.
In the coming days, as Americans prepare for — and recover from — their Thanksgiving feasts, we should not only give thanks for what our families have, but make a commitment to helping other families who have far less. Real help requires more than just a few spare canned goods thrown into a bin. It requires that we address the reasons that our nation’s workers are in need. We should applaud Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law AB 10, a bill that will increase the minimum wage in California to increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour in 2016. And, we should lobby Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would increase the federal minimum wage for all workers, including those at Wal-Mart, to $10.10 by 2015. Such legislation could help in ensuring that all workers can afford a Thanksgiving feast, without relying upon the kindness of their co-workers.