Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Regarding Walmart's Wage Increases

Last week Walmart bowed to the public pressure and to the tireless organizing of workers and announced a wage boost for nearly 40% of its workforce. Make no mistake, this is a win for our movement and for retail workers across the board. We still have a ways to go.

President Both released the following statement regarding the increases:

“This announcement confirms the unmatchable power workers hold when they band together to demand respect from their employer.

“Walmart workers have been relentless, fighting for decades for respect and better working conditions.   However, we have heard many empty promises from Walmart, and today, there are real questions about whether the company is really committed to improving jobs or simply seeking to quiet the concerns of OUR Walmart members, investors, shoppers and taxpayers.

"We don't know what this means for our hours – as more and more workers report that they are not getting the hours they want and need.  The truth is that this raise, especially without any guarantee of hours, is a promise that falls short of what we need to feed our families."

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