RESPONSE TO TARGET’S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Will Target also match “wage increases” with cut worker hours?

Washington, DC — Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart into a more responsible employer, released the following statement today regarding the announcement that Walmart competitor Target will raise employee wages to a minimum of $10 an hour, to go in effect in May:

“Target appears to be following Walmart’s lead in telling the public they are raising wages for workers, and then turning around and cutting workers’ hours. This is not real change. We will keep fighting for all retail workers to have access to better wages, better hours and respect in the workplace,” said Jess Levin, communications director for MCAW.

The minimum wage increase for Target workers has been reported by Reuters, and “marks the second time Target has followed Wal-Mart Stores Inc in raising base wages.” The report goes on to state that Target employees told Reuters, “the retailer cut hours in an apparent effort to offset the impact of rising costs after it raised pay to $9 an hour last March.”
BACKGROUND:

  • “Exclusive: Target increases minimum wage to $10 an hour – sources,” Reuters, 4/18/16
  • “Walmart increasing wages; union says it’s all show,” CNN, 1/20/16
  • “It’s easier to find a unicorn than a Walmart worker who has received a meaningful raise,” MCAW, 1/20/16