White House Parises Walmart For Raising Minimum Wage as Company Closes Sam's Club Stores

Опубликовано 12 января 2018, 4:25
It started as a good day for Walmart. The company announced that it will raise its minimum wage to $11, hand out bonuses of up to $1,000 and expand its parental and maternity leave policy, partly as a result of the new lower corporate tax rate. Ivanka Trump tweeted that "America is on a roll," and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thanked Walmart from the White House briefing room. At the daily White House press briefing, Mnuchin was asked if the president's policies were responsible for the Walmart wage increase. "Different companies will do different things," he said. But while the praise was pouring in, something else was happening. According to local news reports, some workers and customers were showing up at Sam's Club, the buy-in-bulk warehouse owned by Walmart, to find stores had shut their doors. On its big day, the largest private employer in America had a public relations mess on its hands. Walmart released a statement saying 63 stores would be closed and up to 12 of those transformed into fulfillment centers. Estimates are that about 9,450 people are employed across the 63 locations. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders avoided a question about the sudden Sam's Club closures, but discussed her satisfaction with Walmart's wage increases.

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