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Walmart and the Push to Put Workers on Company Boards

After graduating from the South Side High School in Pittsburgh, she did a variety of jobs, including working in the canteen of a steel mill, serving as a home health aide, and driving a truck. When she was first hired at Walmart, Murray worked full time and was paid $7.30 an hour; today she works four days a week and makes $14.68 an hour. A few years ago, the company modified the way that it gives pay increases to its retail employees, moving from a set annual raise of forty cents an hour to a two-per-cent increase in pay, a change that Murray says has resulted in lower raises for many workers. This led Murray, with the help of a worker’s-rights organization called United for Respect, to join in drafting a resolution that she plans to present to Congress on Tuesday—and, later, at Walmart’s annual shareholders’ meeting—urging the company to place a significant number of hourly retail employees on its board of directors so that they might have input on major corporate decisions. pay and stock buybacks without first investing in their companies and workers. When Cynthia Murray presents her Walmart shareholder resolution before Congress, she’ll be doing so at a hearing arranged by Senator Tammy Baldwin, of Wisconsin, who is reintroducing legislation called the Reward Work Act, which would require companies to allow workers to elect a third of the company’s board members.

First found on: www.newyorker.com