Walmart Boosts Starting Hourly Pay to $12 for Some Staff in Test

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Walmart Inc. is testing out a higher minimum starting wage for certain jobs in hundreds of stores as part of a broader overhaul of roles and responsibilities across its massive U.S. workforce.

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In the 500 or so stores that have introduced the retailer’s new operating model, dubbed “Great Workplace,” some associates in the fresh, front-end and replenishment areas will see their hourly pay rise from $11 an hour to $12, Walmart spokeswoman Jami Lamontagne said. Those roles, which Walmart has reclassified as “team associates,” include cashiers, shelf stockers and deli workers.


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