Minimum Wage

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Walmart’s minimum wage Name Institution The recent increases in minimum wages to between 9$ and 10$ an hour at Walmart are as a result of the company succumbing to greater pressure by protests from workers, and labor activist groups. Walmart is the biggest merchant and one of the largest employers in the private sector in the United States of America. The retail giant is an employer of close to 1.5 million workers in the U.S alone. According to the United States Department of Labor, the minimum wage recommended for all nonexempt employees is at 7.25$ per hour. Several states have set their own minimum wage laws and employees who are subject to both the federal and respective state minimum wage laws are entitled to the higher pay between the two. One startling fact that stands out is that Walmart’s U.S. workforce of close to over 1.5 million workers has never been unionized. All attempts of international unions such UFCW to unionize Walmart’s workforce have failed. The retail giant is known to be one of the most aggressive anti-union companies, with a long history of blocking all unionization efforts. Unions in the U.S economy have weakened in the recent past. Nevertheless, unionized workers are still able to enjoy wages 13.6 percent higher than their non-unionized counterparts. Labor activist organizations such as the OUR Walmart do not practice conventional ways of collective bargaining. Although they enjoy certain freedoms, they are neither recognized by the federal government or the companies whose workers they seek to represent. However, these organizations have made significant gains in negotiating victories for workers in low-wage industries such as

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