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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Walmart CEO Mike Duke Pushes Back Against Company's Minimum Wage Reputation

The struggle to increase minimum wages continues. Some perceptual targets such as Walmart are trying to spin the story a to a different perspective. Today's post was shared by Huffington Post and comes from

Fast food and retail workers across the country have taken to the streets this year to decry their low wages. But the CEO of Walmart, which is often a target for criticism in that battle, claims a very small share of its workers actually make the bare minimum.

“I think less than one percent of our associates make the minimum wage,” Walmart CEO Mike Duke said in an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. "The vast majority of our associates are paid more than that.”

More specifically, less than one half of one percent of Walmart's hourly associates make their state or federal minimum wage, according to a Walmart spokesman.

The company claims that full-time Walmart workers make $12.78 per hour on average, much more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Yet that figure excludes part-time workers, a group that likely makes up a substantial share of Walmart's workforce, thought not its majority, according to the company.

Some argue that Walmart -- with its $17 billion profit last year -- can afford to pay its workers more and is costing taxpayers by not doing so. According to a study released by Congressional Democrats earlier this year, the low wages at one Walmart store costs taxpayers $900,000 per year, because workers are forced to rely on safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid to get by.
The company also threatened to pull three planned stores in Washington, D.C. after the city council passed a bill earlier this summer requiring big box...

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Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900  have been representing injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.