Shop Well LA in Equal Voice News on Walmart Raises
Why the Walmart Pay Raise Matters for Workers and Us
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.