As the US breaks records of coronavirus hospitalizations and death, giant retailer Walmart will be paying its fourth bonus since spring to hourly workers who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic. These workers have helped to stock shelves, transport goods and serve customers.
On December 24, full-time hourly employees will receive a $300 bonus while part-time and temporary employees will receive $150.
“As we come to a close on this historic year, I’m filled with gratitude for how our associates have led through one of the most trying periods for our company and country,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
The outbreak of coronavirus in small towns and cities across the US has posed greater risk to the health of grocery workers and their families, as they go to work every day. They are essential workers and are exposed to infections daily as they cannot stay safe at home during lockdowns.
A major grocery union, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and its members said that all grocery works should get “hazard pay” as compensation for the addition risk they face each day.
From March 2020 Walmart has hired more than 500,000 employees across the nation. They have been added to stores, clubs and supply chain operations. Over 20% of these employees have become permanent employees.
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