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From: Nakamura, David [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 05:23 PM
To: Velz, Peter; Barnes, Desiree N.; Allen, Jessica
Subject: Travel pool 4a/Obama call on AF1
Readout of the President's Call with Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart
This afternoon from Air Force One, the President called Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, to commend him on increasing wages for Walmart’s employees. The move, which will give half a million Walmart employees a raise, is another prominent example of companies taking action on their own to do right by their workers, and comes alongside important actions to increase scheduling flexibility and access to training and career advancement. A growing number of cities, states and companies are taking action to raise wages for their employees. Today, TJK Companies – which owns TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods and has 191,000 associates – announced that they will boost pay for U.S. workers to at least $9 an hour in June, and will pay all associates who have worked more than six months at least $10 an hour in 2016.
Seventeen states as well as cities and corporations large and small have acted to make a meaningful difference in the lives of seven million Americans since the President’s call to raise the federal minimum wage in his 2013 State of the Union. But Congress can make that same difference in the lives of 27 million Americans if they follow the lead of businesses like Walmart and TJK Companies, states across the country, and the will of the American people. The President again calls on Congress to do just that, helping to ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the opportunity to succeed.
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