Walmart Gives 500,000 Workers A Raise

It’s about time Walmart. If Walmart had come out in front of the minimum wage movement, they would have definitely been seen as being on the right side of history and a positive force in our consumerist society. However in my opinion, this is simply bowing down to the inevitable and they are trying to spin this as positively as they can. Walmart clearly didn’t have a choice but to increase wages because as of November 2014 we had a slew of states mandate substantial increases to their minimum wage and Walmart, having a strong presence in I think all 50 states, can’t shy away from compliance to the law. It will be interesting to see how this breaks down into percentages regarding how much the average taxpayer will now be subsidizing Walmart employees, as in how much less, because so far we have been carrying Walmart’s water in terms of food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. We should be glad for this news, no matter how it came about, but it doesn’t mean that we should not continue protesting and demanding that Walmart do better by its employees and its responsibilities to our nation as a profit driven corporate entity who should be paying into the social contract that is there for a reason. It is not a contract where one takes, takes and takes; it is a contract of give and take and Walmart needs to start contributing instead of simply exploiting people and tax loopholes.
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