Wal-Mart boosts pay for its Pa. workers

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 9, 2016 12:02 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Chris Stewart

A man pushes a shopping cart outside of a Walmart store that boarded its entrance and closed early to prepare for a hurricane in this 2014 file photo.

(Philadelphia) -- More than 45,000 Pennsylvania workers at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are getting a pay raise.

Wal-Mart says all associates hired before January 1, 2016 will earn at least $10 an hour.

The raise will appear in tomorrow's paychecks.

The pay increases are part of the company's two-year, $2.7 billion commitment to higher pay, better training, clearer career paths and additional educational opportunities for its workers. 

Most of Wal-Mart's 1.4 million U.S. employees will get raises.

Workers hired after the start of the year will continue to earn $9 an hour, which will increase after completing a skills and training program.

The moves come as the nation's largest private employer has been under pressure from labor-backed groups.

The company operates over 160 stores in Pennsylvania.

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