Anti-Walmart Group Unimpressed With Tax Bonuses

Walmart to raise its starting wage to $11 an hour

They announced they will be closing or converting 63 stores across the country.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 customers were being turned away from the 44th Avenue location in Moline and employees were spotted standing outside the membership-only warehouse store. Reports of the warehouse club closures surfaced piecemeal, with five closing in IL and at least three store closures in Houston.

While Walmart's announcement might dovetail favorable opinions about the GOP's new tax reform bill, some observers are taking the news of the pay hikes with a grain of salt, since the company also reportedly shut down 63 Sam's Clubs across the country Thursday. But on the same day they announced the wage increase and bonuses, Walmart also announced that it would be closing about 50 Sam's Clubs stores.

Walmart made no mention of the Sam's Club closures in its Thursday press release touting its wage increases and other new benefits.

The company sent her a direct message via Twitter that was a link to cancel her membership, and offered her three months extended membership or full refund in the form of an e-gift card that will take seven days to deliver, or a check that will take six weeks for delivery.

However, one employee at a Sam's Club store in Alaska said all branches in the state are closing as part of a larger downsizing across the US.

Sam's Club will have 597 locations remaining.

In this case, there's good reason to think that Walmart needed to raise wages anyway: Labor markets are tight, and in a number of areas, the company is now contending with locally imposed minimum wages that are already forcing Walmart to raise wages to $11 an hour, or even higher. Walmart on Thursday promised full-time hourly USA employees 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave.

The move comes the same day as Walmart, which owns Sam's Club, announced it was boosting starting pay to $11 an hour and giving a $1,000 bonus to certain employees.

Delia Garcia, a spokeswoman for parent company Walmart in Phoenix, said, "Obviously, it's a hard decision".

"[We've] had numerous inquiries from Sam's Club employees", BJ's said in a statement to CNN. It also plans to give one-time cash bonuses to some part-time and full-time workers, ranging from $200, for workers who have been at Walmart for less than two years, to $1,000, for those who have been working there for 20 or more years. It is one of at least 63 reported closures across the US and is expected to impact thousands of workers.

The new maternity-leave policy will not apply to part-time workers, who make up a significant percentage of the company's hourly work force.



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