Arizona Walmart Employees Are Getting A Raise While A Former Employee Smith Is Gaining Sympathies Of The Locals
Good and bad news surrounding Walmart employees yet again, Workers in Arizona are getting a raise while another former employee, Smith has managed to gain attention nationally gaining sympathies of many.
USA giant retail chain has had many problems regarding its workforce. It makes headlines often in terms of the treatment of its employee, strikes, wages and the list goes on.The Company has announced of giving a raise to the workers in Arizona. A former employee of the retail business, Thomas Smith, was fired on the 6th of November because can and bottles worth $2, which were left at one of the shopping carts of the stores. This caught the attention of many people and gained 70,000 signatures on an online petition and even $21,000 donations for the former employee.
Walmart Stores Inc. is going to be giving a raise to its employees in Arizona starting from February 2016, the minimum wage will be $10 per hour, while a full-time worker will be getting $13 per hour, however the new employees will not be getting a chance to avail this, they will be staring from $9 per hour. One of the worker in the area Nicole Brown said, “Just to help pay for tuition, maybe to get me some Ramen on the table just to get me through college.” She has been promoted to an assistant manager and informed that this recent development in wages has made the worker much more satisfied than they were before.
The retail chain has taken this decision due to the pressure from the worker, this will cost the business almost $44 million, other businesses will follow the footsteps of Walmart Wholesale as they are getting the same amount of pressure from their employees too now. Some changes are definitely going to be witnessed to cover the costs of such a huge expenditure on wages, if not the prices of the items in the stores than somewhere else.
While the retail chain is raising the wages to satisfy the needs and demands of its workers, it is still getting negative attention when it comes to its employees. Agencies supporting human right and labor rights are supporting Thomas Smith, a former employee of one of the stores of the organization, was fired recently due to some can and bottles which were left at a shopping cart of the store worth $2. This has caught the eyes of many people, Thomas has gained 70,000 signatures on an online petition and $21,000 donations.
Thomas Smith is 52 years old, and has been homeless as he is reported to have a learning disability, he used to work at a Walmart store in East Greenbush, and his job was to gather shopping carts that were left by the employees in the parking lot. The official said that the abandoned cans were the property of the stores thus Thomas was fired for gross misconduct. Legal actions might be taken against the business for firing Smith, and another local boycott is also in preparation by Labor-Religion Coalition. The boycott not at a good time as this is a holiday season where the business gains the most profit.
Walmart stock closed at $60.25 after going green by 1.18% on December 22.