Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Walmart Increases Minimum Wage for US Employees after Tax Code Changes

Walmart Increases Minimum Wage for US Employees after Tax Code Changes

Those increases along with expanded maternity and parental leave policies are expected to impact the more than 280 Wal-Mart employees at the store in Washington.

The big-box giant said Thursday that it will raise its minimum wage in February to $11 per hour and pledged to give one-time bonuses to eligible employees of between $200 and $1,000. Boeing, AT&T, Wells Fargo, and Comcast have all said they were either investing more in the U.S. or offering perks to employees, from bonuses to minimum wage boosts to other investments in employee development.

Lately, much of the talk about Walmart's showdown with Amazon.com Inc. has centered on the old-school retailer building stronger e-commerce muscles. The union has been particularly aggressive against Walmart which it has often denounced as a bad and irresponsible employer.

"We've made a decision to right-size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy, " he wrote.

Communities began getting word of the closings Thursday morning. At some stores, doors were locked and a notice informed workers.

The MCAW also takes issue with the wage increase not impacting every worker throughout the company. A call by The Daily Reflector to corporate officials in Bentonville, Ark. left unanswered questions about the Winterville site and other locations in North Carolina. "I'm not going to drive out there in the winter", said Ruth Ives, a regular Sam's Club customer.

The Sam's Club on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News will remain open, at least for the time being. The location in Baton Rouge was the only store affected in Louisiana. Their date to be laid off, according to the public notifications, is March 16.

Person Shot at Providence Place Mall
The Providence Journal reported that Nordstrom had been locked down and that the shooting may have taken place near that store. The city's public safety commissioner indicated that the victim appears to be suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

Shoppers found the store at 12919 San Pedro Ave. on the north side suddenly shut down on Thursday.

They added that it's never easy to close stores and they'll be working with those impacted. "We will also contribute $5,000 to the cost of adoption".

The retail landscape has been upended by the rise of Amazon and the growing shift by consumers to shopping online. There are also plans to improve the club's fresh-food offerings, overall product selection and its private label, Member's Mark.

Walmart employees are getting a pay bump, and the company says it's courtesy of the corporate tax cut Republicans rushed through Congress previous year.

More than 60 Sam's Club stores are closing nationwide, but the one closest to Greater Williamsburg has survived.

Sam's Club has closed 63 stores across the United States. "BJ's Wholesale Club is hiring, and anyone interested in joining our team can go to bjs.com/careers or visit their local club".

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