Economy

After Major Pressure on Walmart to Boost Wages, 1 Million Employees Will Get a Raise This Saturday

It looks as though protests against the retail giant are paying off.

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According to CNN Money, Walmart is boosting "its minimum wage to $10 an hour from $9. But it's not just minimum wage workers who are getting raises. The change applies to virtually all of its hourly workers, including some supervisors, which make up the majority of the company's 1.4 million U.S. workers."

Watch: What does Walmart's announcement really mean?

Walmart employs 1.4 million people in the U.S. and has faced years of pressure to increase pay.
 
In 1990, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was the only woman on the board at Walmart. Though she was passionate about issues like gender and sustainability, Clinton generally sat on the sidelines when it came to Walmart and unions. Since its founding in 1962, Walmart has fought unionization efforts at its stores and warehouses, and allegedly fired union supporters and spied on employees; tactics that have become the subject of legal complaints against the company.
 
Of all current presidential candidates, only Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have expressed interest in raising the minimum wage nationwide.
 
Watch Bernie Sanders slam Walmart as a welfare recipient: 
 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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