Oregon Walmart full-time workers get another raise


More than 6,000 Oregon workers will have their salaries affected.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Walmart is making good on its commitment to pay its workers more.

In Oregon, that means that more than 6,000 full-time employees will have their salaries affected.

In a statement, the retailer said it would raise wages for workers hired before Jan. 1, 2016 to at least $10 an hour. Those hired on or after that date will start at $9 and move up to $10 after successfully completing a new training program. Meanwhile, hourly managers of Walmart’s specialized departments will earn at least $15 an hour.

By February, the average full-time Walmart worker in Oregon will make $13.75 an hour (up from the current $13.53 an hour) and part-time employees will make an average of $10.82 an hour.

It’s unclear whether Walmart’s investments will pay off. While the company’s short-term sales are improving, the investments – in its workers and in e-commerce – are cutting into its profits. In October, according to Reuters, the retailer predicted profits could fall as much as 12 percent next year.

(READ MORE: OregonLive.com)

The corporation had said it would commit $2.7 billion to make good on its promise to pay its workers higher wages.

 


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