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Why the Walmart Pay Raise Matters for Workers and Us

Aiha Nguyen March 10, 2015 | Filed under: Archive,Employment,National,Opinion

Was Walmart’s decision an act of kindness? Possibly. But Aiha Nguyen says employees, fast-food workers, the labor movement and families fueled the change for higher wages.

We celebrated a major victory with Walmart workers recently, as the company announced that it was raising the wages for its lowest-paid employees to $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour next year.

Walmart claims that it took this step in order to improve customer service and store performance which had declined due to years of cost-cutting at the store level.

While this may be true, it’s hard to believe that Walmart isn’t also responding to growing criticism and organizing by low-wage workers, including thousands of their own employees and local community campaigns to raise wages.

Read more here.