Last week, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott told reporters that he is lobbying Congress to consider raising the minimum wage so that his customers wouldn't have to struggle so hard between paychecks.
Obviously, if low-wage workers were paid more, Wal-Mart would benefit as well.
The national minimum wage stands at $5.15 per hour.
An employee working full-time at minimum wage earns $10,700 gross annually.
Given that reality, it is no surprise Mr. Scott is advocating for labor!
"The U. S. minimum wage of $5.15 an hour has not been raised in nearly a decade and we believe it is out of date with the times," Scott noted. "We can see first-hand at Wal-Mart how many of our customers are struggling to get by. Our customers simply don't have the money to buy basic necessities between pay checks. . . .While it is unusual for us to take a public position on a public policy issue of this kind, we simply believe it is time for Congress to take a responsible look at the minimum wage and other legislation that may help working families."
I gotta tell you, things are out of hand if Wal-Mart, one of the nation's largest employers in the service industry, is lobbying for higher wages!
Scott knows that lifting the minimum is needed, as are other steps to insure that every working American can carve out a decent life.
It is something, isn't it? In the United States a growing number of public leaders in social equity and just policy are emerging from the business sector.
Auto makers and airline executives call for a national health plan.
Last Saturday evening here in Dallas, Bono, the leader of the rock group, U-2, offered a revival-like message concerning world hunger and poverty.
Spiritual messages about real life in the real world.
Will people of faith and their communities of faith join in?
P. S. For those of you who live in North Texas and have access to KERA Channel 13--our PBS affliate--you may want to be aware of the programming for tomorrow evening, November 1:
Life in the Balance: Public Health Care In Texas
Tuesday, November 1 at 10 p.m. on KERA 13
The health care system in Texas is in turmoil — and the impact reaches far beyond indigent patients crowding public hospitals. As health care professionals and policymakers agonize over which patients deserve their attention, resources at public and private hospitals alike are stretched thin by a growing load of patients who can't pay their bills, driving the costs of care ever higher for those who can. This award-winning KERA documentary scrutinizes the system's failures and success as it documents an uninsured young mother of four coping with breast cancer.
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