Huge group advocating for Wal-Mart workers isn't entirely pleased about the company's big news about raises
Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it would raise about 500,000 workers' hourly wages over the next year. All hourly Wal-Mart employees will make at least $9 an hour by April, which will rise to at least $10 an hour by next February.
Emily Wells - a Wal-Mart worker and member of union-backed group OUR Walmart - said in a statement that it's still tough to make ends meet with her part-time schedule and $9.50 wage.
"As a soon-to-be-mom making only $9.50 an hour, it's very difficult to make ends meet with my part time schedule, which gives me only about 26 hours per week," she said in a statement.
"Especially without a guarantee of getting regular hours, this announcement still falls short of what American workers need to support our families," Wells added in her statement. "With $16 billion in profits and $150 billion in wealth for the owners, Walmart can afford to provide the good jobs that Americans need - and that means $15 an hour, full-time, consistent hours and respect for our hard work."
OUR Walmart has previously organized protests, including Black Friday protests at more than 1,600 stores to push for a $15 per hour wage for workers and increased opportunities for full-time work.
After the raises were announced Thursday, OUR Walmart released the following statement from Wells, who acknowledged that the pay hikes are a step in the right direction.
"We are so proud that by standing together we won raises for 500,000 Walmart workers, whose families desperately need better pay and regular hours from the company we make billions for," she said in a statement. "We know that this wouldn't have happen without our work to stand together with hundreds of thousands of supporters to change the country's largest employer."
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