This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 12, 2018:
The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced on Thursday that it was voluntarily raising its minimum wage for new workers to $11 an hour starting next month. Included in the announcement were staged bonuses that will be paid to present workers based on their time with the company. Also included was a vast improvement in maternity benefits, with full-time hourly workers receiving 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paternal leave. Parents who adopt will get the same benefits plus a check from Walmart for $5,000 to help cover their adoption costs.
This is on top of the wage increases announced by the retailer in 2015 to be staged in over the next three years.
What’s notable is that this is taking place ahead of