February 24, 2014 1:30 am -

They’ve been trying to convince the public that paying employees a living wage would raise their Always Low Prices astronomically. What a surprise – it turns out they’re wrong:

According to a report from ThinkProgress, a raise in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would increase the price of a product at Walmart that costs $16 by exactly one cent. Devastating burden for the consumer, huh?

Estimates from Ken Jacobs at the Labor Center at U.C. Berkeley show that the increase would add $200 million to Walmart’s current labor costs, which amounts to just 0.8% of what the retail giant spends annually. It also represents a tiny 0.06% of the company’s sales each year.

Bloomberg has reported that Walmart is actually considering supporting a minimum wage increase, since it would result in millions of its customers having “additional income,” although no decision has yet been made. The increase could give 16.5 million workers across the country $31 billion more in earnings. “That penny per $16 an item may not turn out to be necessary,” Jacobs noted.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.