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Walmart Associates Want $15 Per Hour. Instead, They’re Getting New Vests

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At Walmart’s shareholder meeting last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders presented a proposal on behalf of Walmart associate Cat Davis, asking for hourly employees to be included among the nominees for board seats.

Less than 0.01% supported the resolution.

The same day, Walmart announced associates are getting new “modernized” vests made from recycled bottles with “a pop of color that’s very visible in a busy store” and bigger pockets to “carry all the equipment they need to do their jobs on the sales floor.”

The vests will include multiple trim color options, which vary by location, role and personal preference.

Walmart declined to say anything further, pointing to CEO Doug McMillon’s comments at the shareholder meeting.

"We should have the power to decide what happens at the company many of us have given our working lives to.”

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