Is Walmart “Neutral” on the Minimum Wage in Its Lobbying Meetings Too?

This post originally appeared on Walmart spokesperson David Tovar told Bloomberg this week that Walmart was “looking at” its position on the proposed federal minimum wage hike. A different company spokesperson quickly corrected the story, telling Reuters that Walmart’s position hadn’t changed at all and that the company remains “neutral” on the issue. Of … Continue Reading »

A Growing Gap

This week, the retailer Gap announced that it would pre-emptively agree to a wage increase for its retail employees, pledging to raise wages to $9 this year and $10 before the end of next year. Meanwhile, Walmart – the world’s largest private employer and the country’s largest retailer – continues to pay most of its … Continue Reading »

Dirty Work

As host of “Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe became the face of the working man. Maybe that’s why so many of his fans were surprised to hear about his latest gig helping Walmart with its PR. In the ad (see below), Rowe depicts the demise of American manufacturing, but promises that it will reemerge victorious. In … Continue Reading »

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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 … Continue Reading »