Bernie Sanders may get at least one vote from Walmart shareholders after he crashed their meeting today and called for a “living wage” for the company’s employees.
Sanders, who was presenting a proposal on behalf of worker Carolyn Davis, had three minutes to address shareholders.
Sanders introduced a resolution that shareholders would “urge the board to adopt the policy of promoting significant representation of employee perspectives” by including employees on the board of directors.
The Vermont socialist lamented the income disparities between the Walton family and the company’s CEO, and hourly workers.
“Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages. Wages that are so low, many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive,” he said.
“Frankly, the American people are sick and tired of subsidizing the greed of some of the largest and most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders added.
Sanders went on to call for a “living wage of at least $15 an hour.”
He went on to assert that by adopting his demands, Walmart “can strike a blow against corporate greed and a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that exists in our country.”
After wrapping up with 7 seconds to spare, a lone person applauded the presidential candidate.
The chair of the meeting summarily rejected the socialist’s demands.