News

# Some 730,000 Walmart employees won’t be getting $15 an hour pay — they’re hardly alone

#
Some 730,000 Walmart employees won’t be getting $15 an hour pay — they’re hardly alone

‘Why is it so hard for the richest family in America to just do what they should have done years ago?’ one worker asked

Walmart
WMT,
-1.54%
has joined a growing list of retailers boosting employees’ wages to $15 an hour, but unlike rivals such as Target
TGT,
-0.89%,
Amazon
AMZN,
+1.17%
and Costco
COST,
-0.87%,
all of which now offer base pay of $15 an hour for all employees, the nation’s largest private employer will keep its starting wages at $11 an hour.

  #Miami Herald apologizes for insert with 'racist' commentary

The pay raise at Walmart means that some 730,000 hourly workers will receive at least $15 an hour once the change goes into effect, Doug McMillon, Walmart’s CEO said this month. That amounts to half of the company’s hourly employee workforce,. but that means the same number of people will not receive the $15 an hour wage immediately. 

“I’ve been working at Walmart for 11 years and only make $11.85, and most of us cashiers along with hundreds of thousands of others are once again left out of the raises Walmart is giving,” said Mendy Hughes, a Walmart cashier, in a statement released after Walmart announced the pay raise. Hughes is a leader with United for Respect, which describes itself as a national nonprofit that is not a labor union. The group says it successfully campaigned for Walmart to raise its starting wage to $11 an hour in 2018.

  # A Roman goddess inspired this couple to leave Seattle and retire to Italy, where you can live on $3,000 a month

“Being a cashier in the COVID-19 pandemic is among the most dangerous jobs there is,” she added. “Why is it so hard for the richest family in America to just do what they should have done years ago and raise base pay for all Walmart associates to $15/hour?”

The 730,000 Walmart hourly workers who will continue to make less than $15 an hour are hardly alone.

At chains including Home Depot
HD,
+1.21%,
Dollar Tree
DLTR,
-0.69%,
Chipotle
CMG,
+2.22%,
Burger King
QSR,
-2.54%,
Kroger
KR,
-0.62%,
McDonald’s
MCD,
-1.68%,
and Chick-fil-A, cashiers all earn less than $12 an hour, according to Glassdoor, a site that collects anonymous salary information from current and former employees.

  #Paramedics’ accounts dispute Russia’s explanation of Alexei Navalny’s coma

Also see: What minimum-wage increases did to McDonald’s restaurants — and their employees

“At Chipotle, we pay our hourly workers above federal minimums and in some jurisdictions employees are already paid $15 an hour,” said Laurie Schalow, chief corporate affairs officer at Chipotle.

Among these chains, cashiers at Burger King and Dollar Tree earn the lowest, with average hourly wages of $9. 

McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Burger King have many franchise locations across the country where the franchise owners set employees’ wages, rather than the companies themselves.

Dollar Tree, Burger King and Kroger did not respond to MarketWatch’s request for a comment.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that nearly 400,000 hourly workers in the U.S. earned exactly the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in 2019. Another 1.2 million workers earned below the minimum wage in that year, not taking into account tips, commissions and overtime pay, the BLS reported.

  #Season 4 of 'The Crown' could turn Charles' subjects against him

President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are pushing to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and eliminate the tipped minimum wage by June 2025.

As a result, some 17 million workers would see their wages boosted, according to a report published earlier this month by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan federal agency.

The downside, however, is that 1.4 million workers could become unemployed as a result, according to the CBO’s average estimate. Some 900,000 Americans would no longer be living below poverty levels if a $15 an hour minimum wage were enacted, the CBO estimated.

Biden contested the CBO’s report during a Tuesday night townhall broadcasted by CNN.

  #Domino’s delivery worker caught on camera rubbing ice cream on crotch

“There is equally as much, if not more, evidence to dictate that it would grow the economy and, long run and medium run, benefit small businesses as well as large businesses, and it would not have such a dilatory effect,” he said.

“But that’s a debatable issue.”

If you liked the article, do not forget to share it with your friends. Follow us on Google News too, click on the star and choose us from your favorites.

For forums sites go to Forum.BuradaBiliyorum.Com

If you want to read more News articles, you can visit our News category.

Source

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button