On Thursday Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced the company would be awarding pay raises to employees, in addition to bonuses and $5000 to those who choose to adopt a child.
Excited to share some news today! We’re raising our starting wage for all hourly associates in the U.S., expanding benefits & offering a one-time bonus! ?? Learn more from CEO Doug McMillon: https://t.co/vgBJ1KRLB6 pic.twitter.com/pPEdZCYSr1— Walmart (@Walmart) January 11, 2018
For years, the left has descended on Walmart in protest and demanded the government force the company to raise the minimum wage. The company just did as a result of Republican tax reform, which significantly slashed the corporate tax rate. Companies across the country are passing those tax savings onto their workers.
But that isn't enough for the left, which is slamming Walmart for its actions and calling them a publicity stunt.
“While pay raises are usually a good thing, this is nothing but another public relations stunt from Walmart to distract from the reality that they are laying off thousands of workers and the ones who remain will continue to receive low wages. The fact is that Walmart is not permanently investing the estimated $2 billion it will receive annually from Trump’s tax giveaway to its workers – it is keeping almost all of it. This announcement is attempt to repair a crumbling image, while ignoring thousands of its workers who struggle year after year to pay their bills or depend on government assistance," Making Change at Walmart Director Randy Parraz said in a statement.
"Instead of taking Walmart at its word, we would hope that the Members of Congress, civic and state leaders, and the media, ask Walmart for actual facts about what this means for workers. Empty words will not lift Walmart workers out of poverty, an actual living wage will," he continued.
Leftist groups like "Make Change at Walmart" aren't actually interested in helping corporate workers. Instead, they're interested in forcing big government, liberal policies on American businesses.
The Republican tax reform bill just made the lives of those who work at Walmart, and dozens of other companies around the country, better.