Maine labor advocates are applauding the news that Walmart plans to increase wages for some of its lowest-earning employees. Starting in April, the company says it will increase its minimum pay to $9 per hour. In a year, the rate will increase to $10 per hour.
"This is very positive news," says Matt Schlobohm, executive director of the AFL-CIO in Maine. He says the wage hike is a good first step, but more needs to follow.