May 23, 2016
By Jaffet Alamilla
Riverside, California – My name is Jaffet Alamilla. I work as an overnight stocker at a Walmart in Riverside, California. I love my job at Walmart but I still struggle to provide for my family on Walmart pay.
Following years of huge worker protests and massive strikes, I was so excited when Walmart finally agreed to a raise for all of its store associates earlier this year. That excitement didn’t stick once I realized they were only raising base pay to $10 an hour, and even less for long term associates.Ten dollars an hour is better than what most workers were getting but it’s still not enough to put food on the table for my family.
Walmart is one of the richest corporations in the world, yet its employees still don’t earn enough in wages or work enough hours to survive. Raise worker pay to $15 per hour and provide workers with access to full-time, consistent hours.
As a father of five, nothing in the world is more important to me than my kids. In fact, I work overnights just so I can try and spend more time with them during the day. But if it weren’t for the breakfasts and lunches that their schools provide, I honestly don’t know how my children would get three meals a day.
I can’t imagine why a company where the CEO makes over $9,000 per hour refuses to change things and instead seeks to keep people like me in such hard situations. It’s time for Walmart to publicly commit to paying a decent wage.