Walmart employs more people than any other U.S. company but the workers are not satisfied.
For the past two years, OUR Walmart, a union-backed group of employees, has used Black Friday in particular as a time to call for higher wages, more consistent full-time work, and respect on the job. Reportedly, there have been many improvements in the company over the past two years. No coincidence there right? Policies regarding pregnant employees and overtime hours have improved,. however, the request for increase in wages is at a standstill. Employees are demanding a minimum of $15.oo per hour. The average hourly pay right now is $12.00 per hour.
In January 2015, Wal-Mart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. Wal-Mart’s new-ish chief executive, Doug McMillon weighed in on the “increase in wage” request: ” It is our intention over time that we will be in a situation where we don’t pay minimum wage at all. We have to set up our associates to win. They need us to get some things done so they can.”