Walmart just decided to fire thousands of American employees
Walmart has declared that it will lay off thousands of workers across America as it closes dozens of Sam’s club locations! The announcement comes on the same day the retail giant announced it was raising its starting minimum wage for new employees to $11 an hour.
The company told Business Insider that 63 Sam’s Club stores will close. Some locations reportedly stopped business suddenly on Thursday without giving advance warning to employees.
The Sam’s Club locations slated to close that did not do so on Thursday are reportedly expected to shutter within the next few weeks.
“After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy,” the company said on Twitter. “Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.”
After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.
— Sam's Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018
Several of the warehouse clubs are expected to be converted into distribution centers.
Along with the higher minimum wage, Walmart announced earlier Thursday that it would expand parental leave and give some employees one-time bonuses of up to $1,000 following the passage of the GOP tax overhaul.
Several major corporations have announced new higher wages and bonuses for employees as a result of the tax bill that slashed corporate tax rates. Comcast, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines have each announced bonuses for employees since the bill’s passage in December.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) praised Walmart’s gesture to raise its employees’ wages on Thursday, calling the tax bill a major help to middle-income families.
“Today marks 20 days since the Tax Cut and Jobs Act became the law of the land,” Ryan said. “Already, this new law is helping to improve the lives of middle-income families across the country. You saw the announcement from Walmart just this morning: more than a million Americans are due to receive their bonuses because of tax reform.”
He comments were made before the announced layoffs and store closings.
Ryan’s counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), cast doubt on the benefits of the post-tax-reform bonuses, calling them “insignificant” compared to the benefits that corporate executives will gain under the revised tax system.
“In terms of the bonus that corporate America received, versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind-of put the schmooze on, [it] is so pathetic,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday commented on Walmart’s minimum wage hike and bonuses at the White House press briefing.