New U.C. Berkeley Study [ABC 7 (Calif.)]
is getting new attention for its business practices. This time, it's a study
from UC Berkeley's Labor Research Center. It suggests that Wal-Mart could pay
its people more, and still provide customers with low prices. Wal-Mart is the
country's largest retailer with arguably some of the lowest prices.
Box Living Wage Ordinances Benefit Workers Without Hurting Shoppers
The labor center study, "Living Wage Policies and Wal- Mart:
How a Higher Wage Standard Would Impact Wal-Mart Workers and Shoppers,"
concludes that if Wal-Mart hiked its minimum wage to $10 per hour and in the
extreme case, passed on costs fully to consumers, the average impact on a
Wal-Mart shopper would be higher product prices of 0.9 percent.
Living Wage Ordinance" would benefit low-wage Wal-Mart workers, minimally impact
shoppers, says new study [U.C. Berkeley Press Release]
could increase its minimum wage to $10 per hour and greatly boost the well-being
of its low-income workers with little financial impact on most shoppers, says a
study released today by the University of California at Berkeley's Center for
Labor Research and Education.
New Study: Wal-Mart Could Raise Wages with Minimal Impact on Shoppers
Wal-Mart Watch, Dec 6, 2007
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