Walmart to make 67% of hourly store workers full-time by Jan. 31

Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News
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The nation’s largest private employer is making big changes.

Two-thirds of Walmart’s hourly store employees will be working full-time by Jan. 31, the company announced Wednesday.

In 2016, only 53% of Walmart’s hourly workers had full-time jobs, senior vice president Drew Holler said in a blog post. He said the move would help Walmart “attract and retain top talent.”

The decision means Walmart will have about 100,000 more full-time positions than it did in 2016. Numbers are even higher at Walmart’s fulfillment centers, where 80% of people work full-time, the company said.

Any employee working 34 hours per week is considered full-time by Walmart, and anyone working 30 hours per week is eligible for health insurance coverage, the Associated Press reported.

Labor activists have criticized Walmart for years, noting that none of the company’s 1.5 million U.S. employees are unionized and that Walmart workers are paid less than counterparts at other companies.

Competitors Amazon, Target and Costco pay all workers at least $15 an hour. The lowest-paid Walmart workers earn $11 an hour.