Walmart, Sam’s, and Target have already increased pay for workers

Several major retailers have increased their minimum wages company-wide. As of 2021, Walmart and Sam’s Club raised wages to $12 an hour and Target raised wages to $15 an hour. Union negotiations beginning back in 2016 helped raise wages at these same companies five years prior, and wages have continued to rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Raising these wages then put pressure on other employers to compensate workers more.

Target responded to slumping sales in its grocery business in 2016 by providing specialized training to employees in that section of the box store in order to bolster the shopping experience for customers. The move marked a turn for Target away from staffing the grocery section with employees who also covered other parts of the store.

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