Holiday Pay for Holiday Workers

From the AFL-CIO

The holidays are a time that everyone holds dear. Working people do more than just enjoy the holidays. From the food on our holiday meal table to holiday shopping, working women and men help make the holidays happen.

That’s why it’s particularly shameful that Walmart eliminated holiday pay for its workers in 2016. As the nation’s largest employer, Walmart should set the bar for other employers.

No matter your beliefs, the holidays are a time when people come together and celebrate all the goodness that unites us. Walmart should honor the sacrifices made by its workers to make the holidays happen and commit to fair compensation for those employees.

Practices like this one send a clear message to working people that the company believes fair compensation for workers is less important than boosting corporate profits. Working people should have the freedom to be fairly compensated for this extra precious time.

We are not only working people, we are also consumers. When we speak up, we can use that power to push Walmart to do the right thing by its workers. Other large retailers such as Target, Macy’s and Best Buy have started offering holiday or premium pay. It’s time for the nation’s biggest employer to do the same.

Click here to add your name to the petition urging Walmart to bring back holiday pay for its workers.

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Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

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