Walmart Raises Wages to $9 an hour for 40 Percent of Its Employees

The retail giant will increase it’s starting pay for U.S. associates to $1.75 over federal minimum wage

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Walmart is often cited as the epitome of corporate greed, known for underpaying workers and slashing healthcare benefits in the name of maximizing profits. However, Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, has redeemed itself slightly in the eyes of some of its critics by announcing Thursday that starting in April it will raise employee pay to $9 an hour for its lowest paid U.S. workers—that’s $1.75 above the federal minimum wage.

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