Tyrel Oates really is a friend of the working man and woman.

Tyrel Oates really is a friend of the working man and woman.

Tyrel Oates really is a friend of the working man and woman. Either that or he found himself another job.

In any case, the 30-year-old Wells Fargo employee, who works at one of the bank’s Portland, Oregon, branches, dispatched a lengthy e-mail to CEO John Stumpf asking for a $10,000 raise for himself and all the other 263,500 workers employed by the bank.

Needless to say, the letter, which he cc’d to 200,000 others, is making the rounds, and a lot of co-workers are thanking him.

In his letter, Oates told Stumpf that Wells Fargo can be a leader in reducing income inequality in the U.S. by distributing more profits to employees.

Oates, no doubt feeling his oats, wrote that a raise like this would “show the rest of the United States, if not the world, that, yes, big corporations can have a heart other than philanthropic endeavors.”

Oates makes $15 an hour at his job – up two bucks from the day he started seven year ago – processing requests from Wells Fargo customers seeking to stop debt-collection calls.

“I’m not worried about losing my job over this,” Oates told the Charlotte Observer


Stumpf, by the way, made $19.3 million in total compensation last year.

The full letter was posted in Reddit. Here it is.

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