STUDY: How a $12.00 An Hour Wage Standard Would Impact Walmart Workers and Shoppers

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CONCLUSION

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/retail/bigbox_livingwage_policies11.pdf

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/research/walmart.shtml

Should policy makers consider supporting legislation that would raise wages at Walmart? Should they be concerned that low-income shoppers will bear the cost if Walmart is required to increase its minimum wage to $12 an hour?

Our data suggests that a $12 per hour minimum wage standard at Walmart would be effective in aiding lower-income families. If Walmart increased its minimum wage to $12 per hour, 41.4 percent of the income gain would accrue to workers with wages below 200 percent FPL. These low-wage workers could expect to earn an additional $1,670 to $6,500 a year in income.

If Walmart passed on 100 percent of the wage increase to consumers through price increases, which is unlikely, the impact for the average Walmart shopper would be $12.49 a year (Table 6, page 8). We estimate that 28.1 percent of the impact of the price increase would be borne by shoppers with incomes below 200 percent FPL.

Finally, we should consider the impact of a mandated wage increase on the economic viability of big box retailers. Some analysts suggest that Walmart could not just raise wages, and prices, given that it operates in a competitive environment. However, a living wage policy would require all large retailers to operate under the same standards.

Jacobs, Graham-Squire, and Luce | APRIL 2011 7

Defending the Community:

$12.00 an hour minimum wage for large employers in Eureka:

https://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com

http://fairwages.org

info@fairwages.org  707-442-7465

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STUDY: How a $12.00 An Hour Wage Standard Would Impact Walmart Workers and Shoppers

CONCLUSION

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/retail/bigbox_livingwage_policies11.pdf

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/research/walmart.shtml

Should policy makers consider supporting legislation that would raise wages at Walmart? Should they be concerned that low-income shoppers will bear the cost if Walmart is required to increase its minimum wage to $12 an hour?

Our data suggests that a $12 per hour minimum wage standard at Walmart would be effective in aiding lower-income families. If Walmart increased its minimum wage to $12 per hour, 41.4 percent of the income gain would accrue to workers with wages below 200 percent FPL. These low-wage workers could expect to earn an additional $1,670 to $6,500 a year in income.

If Walmart passed on 100 percent of the wage increase to consumers through price increases, which is unlikely, the impact for the average Walmart shopper would be $12.49 a year (Table 6, page 8). We estimate that 28.1 percent of the impact of the price increase would be borne by shoppers with incomes below 200 percent FPL.

Finally, we should consider the impact of a mandated wage increase on the economic viability of big box retailers. Some analysts suggest that Walmart could not just raise wages, and prices, given that it operates in a competitive environment. However, a living wage policy would require all large retailers to operate under the same standards.

Jacobs, Graham-Squire, and Luce | APRIL 2011 7

Defending the Community:

$12.00 an hour minimum wage for large employers in Eureka:

https://eurekafairwageact.wordpress.com

We Have Reached the Beginning!

Friends,

After much hard work with lots of help we have created the Eureka Fair Wage Act. Now the work begins in earnest. We will need all of you to take this idea from the basement of the Labor Temple to the pocket books of working people in Eureka. We need people to help gather signatures and to publicize the goals of the initiative. We need to gather 1500 signatures and we need to do it before the weather gets lousy at the end of October. This will be important to counter the power structure that is already lining up against us. The city right from the start has chosen to weaken our position by giving us the uninspired official ballot title of, “ Minimum Wage Ordinance”. The Fair Wage Act will require large employers. (25 or more employees) to pay a minimum of $12 per hour in the city of Eureka.

 
We need $400 to pay for the publishing of the ordinance in the paper and we need to raise money to pay for the printing. We meet at the Labor Temple Tuesdays at 6:15 in the basement. Come by with your Ideas, your Energy and your Money.
 
The place we love is under attack by corporate rapaciousness. They have come to take more of our resources. They want to log some of the oldest living trees on the planet to speed the destruction of our culture. The “Big Boxes”want to turn us into the company town With Walmart the company store. We are not going to go gentle into that good night. By forcing the large employers to check their exploitation of labor we can regain the momentum to protect what we value and strengthen the community in which we live.
 
If you can’t make the meeting Email me,( radmul@aol.com) or call (707) 442-7465, we will find a way for you to help.

Defending the Community:
 
 
 

Eurekans Greet Walmart’s Opening With Initiative to Drive Wages UP!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     June 13, 2012

On WalMart’s Opening Day, Residents Announce Intention to File “Eureka Fair Wage Initiative”

Contact:James Decker (707) 442-7465  (707) 761-5247  (cell)

Eureka, CA: Members of Occupy Eureka and Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community, along with other concerned residents, are announcing today their intention to file the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative.

“WalMart has come to our community, against the will of the voters, to drive down wages and benefits for working people,” says Veteran for Peace, Don Swall.  With this initiative the voters will have a chance to say “NO.”  NO to outside corporations putting downward pressure on local wages. NO to the closing of locally owned businesses. NO to the blight that WalMart and other Big Box retailers bring to small towns across America.

The Eureka Fair Wage Initiative will require employers to pay a minimum of $12 an hour to all of their workers, with an exception for smaller  businesses. The initiative is a simple, straightforward proposal to keep stingy companies from killing jobs in the  community that pay a decent wage. It will keep more of those dollars here in Eureka California, rather then flying our money to Bentonville Arkansas.

Eureka residents said “NO” to WalMart at the ballot box before,but through secretive deals and backroom negotiations the City government and WalMart have undermined the will of the people. This leaves working class people no choice but to take matters out of the hands of politicians, more concerned with personal enrichment then the enrichment of the community, and take to the initiative process. The Initiative planning group invites persons interested in signature gathering or making other types of contributions to call (707)442-7465.