UFCW President Hansen Statement on Gap’s Decision to Raise Wages

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Press Releases, Walmart Watch Blog | 4 Comments


WASHINGTON, D.C.-Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following in response to the Gap’s announcement that it would raise wages for its workers.

“Today’s announcement by the Gap that the retail chain is raising hourly wages for its 65,000 hourly retail workers serves as a challenge to Walmart.  The Gap realizes that paying its hourly workers enough to support themselves is an investment in their business and in our economy.

“It is time for Walmart to stand up and lead by investing back into it’s 1.4 million U.S. workers with hourly pay increases. Academics at the University of California-Berkeley estimated that Walmart could well-afford a wage increase to at least $12.00 an hour for workers with minimal impact on consumer prices. DEMOS researchers outlined a clear plan for Walmart to cut back on its stock buy back program and raise wages in a way that benefits workers and shareholders alike.

“The time is now for Walmart to show leadership and responsibility to its workers and our communities-follow the Gap’s example and raise wages for every hourly Walmart worker.”



The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries.
The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at
www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.


  1. Tom P Noonan
    February 20, 2014

    it is time for Walmart to join the
    Union for all Walmart Workers and for all Sam`s Club Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart Workers and all Sam^s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam`s Club.

    Thank You Very Much
    From Tom P Noonan


  2. floridanativee
    February 22, 2014

    Don’t think too many people believe that increasing min wage to $12.00/hour would not have any affect on their prices. Berkeley is a bastion of liberalism anyway.

    • Billybob 44
      March 21, 2014

      I have the solution to the poverty problem, raise the minimum wage to $100.00 an hour. That will make everybody wealthy. Sure prices will go through the roof and people on fixed incomes will behurt bad, but they can live on less. Then, they can give them 26 holidays, 12 paid sick days, and $1,000.00 a year bonuses, this will help keep them off the welfare rolls.

      • floridanativee
        March 21, 2014

        That is the way some folks think.

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