Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders confronted executives at Walmart Wednesday, blasting “starvation wages” and extreme wealth inequality, at the retail giant’s annual shareholder meeting in Arkansas. Speaking as a proxy for a Walmart employee who invited him to attend, Sanders introduced a resolution to raise wages and to put hourly workers on Walmart’s board of directors.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Walmart is the largest private employer in America and is owned by the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the United States, worth approximately $175 billion. And yet, despite the incredible wealth of its owner, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages, wages that are so low that many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive.”
The resolution was quickly dismissed by Rachel Brand, Walmart’s executive vice president of global governance.