Wal-Mart boosts pay for Pennsylvania workers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More than 45,000 Pennsylvania workers at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are getting a pay raise.

Wal-Mart says all associates hired before Jan. 1, 2016 will earn at least $10 an hour. The raise will appear in Thursday’s paychecks.

The pay increases are part of the company’s two-year, $2.7 billion commitment to higher pay, better training, clearer career paths and additional educational opportunities for its workers.

Most of Wal-Mart’s 1.4 million U.S. employees will get raises.

Workers hired after the start of the year will continue to earn $9 an hour, which will increase after completing a skills and training program.

The moves come as the nation’s largest private employer has been under pressure from labor-backed groups.

The company operates over 160 stores in Pennsylvania.