Meet Tiffany. She Works For Walmart, And She’s Got Something To Tell You.

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Fact Check Time!

1. America's taxpayers subsidize Walmart to the tune of $900,000 per year per store: umm, yes.

2. The majority of Walmart employees earn less than $23,850 (U.S. poverty line for a family of four). Here's source 1 and source 2.

3. In 2013, Walmart CEO Michael T. Duke made $20,693,545 (587 times the average U.S. worker’s pay).

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Tiffany: My name is Tiffany and I'm a full-time customer service manager at Walmart. And I make $12,000 dollars a year. I get by off hope, prayer, and strength. I have a lot of responsibility as a customer service manager and yet I still only make $12,000 dollars a year. I worked 19 hours one week and then 30 hours the next week. Maybe if I'm lucky, once every three months I will work the whole 40-hour shift. A great percentage of Walmart employees do rely on government benefits. It's not like we want to be dependent on tax dollars, we want to be able to do more for ourselves because we work hard.

This isn't about taking from the rich, this is about being paid above poverty wages. Money isn't an issue when it comes to Walmart as a company and if we're truly like family, then why are they living so high and we're living so below. We don't want to be dependent on government assistance as long as we keep stressing that and we keep gaining the support from the outside, it will change, it will get better because they can pay us better.

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This clip was made by the AFL-CIO. Here's more about the Executive Paywatch campaign, which you should totally go check out. No, really. Go take a look now. I'll wait!

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Apr 17, 2014

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