What started out as an announcement by Walmart to garner positive coverage and PR instead drew scathing backlash.
Walmart is raising wages for new employees from $10 an hour to $11, expanding paid parental leave and offering a one-time bonus to eligible workers, actions that the company says will affect more than 1 million employees in the U.S.
On Thursday, Walmart tweeted the news:
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