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www.wmfd.com - As holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, Walmart is likely to hear the sounds of criticism above the hustle and bustle, as the retailer says it will give employees extra pay and a turkey dinner to make up for working on Thanksgiving, although it's not enough to satisfy some workers who say, they just aren't paid enough. }}" />

   
 
 
Rising Criticism Over Walmart Low Wages

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  Original Published: 11/18/2013As holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, Walmart is likely to hear the sounds of criticism above the hustle and bustle. The retailer says it will give employees extra pay and a turkey dinner to make up for working on Thanksgiving. But it's not enough to satisfy some workers who say, they just aren't paid enough. Tom Foreman has the story. As millions of shoppers push into Walmart this holiday season looking for bargains, they're expected to shove the retail giant's $17-billion in annual profits even higher. And that's not sitting well with Tiffany Beroid who is married with two kids. "It's very, how should I say that, disgusting," she says. "Because, you know, a lot of times when you don't make the money that you need, you can't get the things to provdie for your family." She says she's been at Walmart for two years, working 19-to-40 hours a week, and made just $12,000 last year. "I just feel that Walmart should pay us more than enough to support our families," she says. "More like $25,000 a year. "Are you able to get by on the money you make at Walmart?" asked CNN's Tom Foreman. "Not at all," she replied. She is part of the protest grou "Our Walmart," an association of disgruntled employees. Along with others, they have tried to pressure Walmart, enlisting members of Congress, city councils, anyone they can, arguing that the super retailer is essentially exploiting the hunger for jobs. Walmart, however, has pushed back hard. President and CEO, Bill Simon: "Our pay is in the top half of what retail offers, what our industry offers," he says. Walmart U.S. cites a litany of numbers to counter the accusations of unfair wages. The company has 1.3-million employees with more than half full-time. The average pay is $12.83 an hour, more than $5 above minimum wage, and mroe than the average rate for all hourly retail sales people in America. "Our management team, our assistant managers, start around $55,000 a year," Simon says. "And our store managers average about $170,000 a year. So it's a good opportunity." The math clearly works for more than 300,000 Walmart employees who have been with the company for more than 10 years. But not for Tiffany Beroid and others on the bottom end of the pay scale. "Why don't you just go work for someone else?" asked Foreman. "I've been looking for other jobs," Beroid says. "They're just hard to come by."
   
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