ARE WALMART PAY RAISES BACKFIRING…?

I confess, that while I had, and continue to have a number of concerns regarding the pay raises for hourly workers at Walmart announced early in the year, I did not consider that the raises, and how they are being applied, would cause discord within the ranks. The Washington Times, in Wal-Mart’s pay raise backfires: ‘It is pitting people against each other’ says this could get ugly.
Wal-Mart’s minimum-wage hike this year, intended to improve morale and retain employees, is having the opposite effect for many senior workers who didn’t get a raise, according to a new Bloombergreport. New Wal-Mart workers started making a minimum of $9 an hour in April and will get at least $10 an hour in February. Some workers are complaining that new employees are enjoying the pay increase, while others aren’t seeing any raise at all. “It is pitting people against each other,” Charmaine Givens-Thomas, a 10-year Wal-Mart veteran, told Bloomberg. “It hurts morale when people feel like they aren’t being appreciated. I hear people every day talking about looking for other jobs and wanting to remove themselves from Wal-Mart and a job that will make them feel like that.” Some workers suspect that their hours are being cut and annual raises reduced in order to pay for the wage increase for newer workers — a claim that Wal-Mart denies. “It took me four four years to get to $10.80. When minimum wage goes up we don’t receive a pay increase unless we are under the minimum,” one worker wrote in a comment on Walmart’s corporate blog, CBS reported. “Now our 2 newest associates are making $10.75 and my annual raise is going from 40 cents down to 26 cents. Apparently experience doesn’t get rewarded.”
This could be sour grapes. This could be a bump in the road. This could be the straw the breaks the camel's back and begins a ground swell of demand for a union. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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