Wallmart’s announcement of increasing starting wages to $11/hr is significant. Walmart has 1.6 million US employees, 1% of the US working population. Walmart spokespeople cite the new tax bill as to why they can make these increases, although this may be a dubious claim. Walmart also cites competition for qualified employees. Target, announced $11/hr starting wage last fall. Even in West Michigan, we have been seeing manufacturing jobs in West Michigan gradually increase to $11 – $15/hr, based on my non-scientific observation of help-wanted signs around town. Put into context an increase from $9/hr to $11/hr, take home pay is still going to be tooRead More →