For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018
Contact: Sam Quigley
“These companies aren’t raising pay because they want to”
Washington, DC – This afternoon, in response to Walmart’s announcement that it is going to be raising its minimum hourly wage for US employees to $11 as a result of the GOP tax bill, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires Morris Pearl, former Managing Director at BlackRock, Inc., issued the following statement:
“The decision by Walmart and other companies to implement raises they’d already planned and credit it to the GOP’s corporate tax giveaway is politics at its most cynical. Companies were already raising wages even before the tax cut passed in response to a tight labor market, grassroots pressure from groups like the Fight for $15, and the rush of minimum wage hikes from California to New York. Take it from those of us on the inside: these companies aren’t raising pay because they want to. They’re doing it because working people stood up and demanded more.”
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