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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:30 PM

Ralph Nader - Open Letter to Mark Duke, CEO of Walmart: Take the Lead on Raising Minimum Wage

Mike Duke, CEO
Walmart Corporation
Bentonville, Arkansas

Dear Mr. Duke,

Walmart, your gigantic company, is increasingly being challenged by your workers, government prosecutors, civil lawsuits, communities (that do not want a Walmart), taxpayers learning about your drain on government services and corporate welfare, and small businesses and groups working with unions such as SEIU and UFCW. Thus far, Walmart is successfully playing rope-a-dope, conceding little while expecting to wear down its opposition.

But you and your Board of Directors know what most shoppers and other people do not know – namely that these pressures are only going to increase. There is one policy announcement by your company that can “roll back” many of these pressures and relieve adverse public relations.

Walmart has about one million workers, give or take, in the U.S. who are making less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than workers made in 1968. This is remarkable for another reason – today’s Walmart worker, due to automation and other efficiencies, does the work of two Walmart workers from 40 years ago. A federal minimum wage, inflation-adjusted from 1968, would be $10.50 today. The present federal minimum wage is $7.25 – the lowest in major Western countries. In Western Europe and Ontario, where you have operations, you must currently adhere to minimum wages of $10.50 or more.

If you were to announce that Walmart is raising the wages of your one million laborers to $10.50, you would have a decisive impact on the momentum that is building this year for Congress to lift 30 million American workers to the level of workers in 1968, inflation adjusted. Imagine 30 million workers trying to pay their bills with wages below those of 1968, inflation adjusted, when, back then, overall worker productivity was half what it is today.

Raising your workers’ wages to a $10.50 minimum would cost your company less than $2 billion (deductible) on U.S. sales of more than $313 billion. Fewer Walmart workers would have to go on varieties of government relief. Some of that $2 billion would go to social security, and Medicare with more going back into purchases at Walmart. Employee turnover would diminish. If Walmart joins with many civic, charitable groups and unions to press Congress for legislation to catch up with 1968 for 30 million American workers, good things will happen. You and your fellow executives will feel better. Your public relations will improve. So will our economy.


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Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
DJ13 Jan 2013 #1
HughBeaumont Jan 2013 #2
ProSense Jan 2013 #3
lunasun Jan 2013 #4
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #5

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:11 PM

1. *^$#!@**^!! Nader

I noticed your thread didnt have an anti Nader post yet, so here it is.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:22 PM

2. He might as well have sent that letter to a wall of fire. Would have done as much good.

The wealthy didn't get that way by sharing. You know, unless it's with each other.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:23 PM

3. This might work. It deserves more exposure.

I love the comments. This one is a hoot.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/01/17-9#comment-771326849

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:29 PM

4. didnt they leave Germany ?- too union and too many benefits demand?

looks like he is giving them tips to get around those kind of things in USA
while a small raise is good,crumbs instead of bread is not filling

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:35 PM

5. Good for him. n/t

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