• From Axios:
"Walmart is increasing pay for store managers and said Thursday it will hike the current average manager salary from $117,000 to $128,000 starting Feb. 1.
"Why it matters: The nation's largest private employer and largest retailer is hoping to attract and retain managers in a competitive labor market.
"What's happening: Walmart announced Thursday it will also be redesigning its store manager bonus program, which will offer managers who hit all targets up to 200% of their base salary.
"A store's profit will play a bigger role in calculating the bonus, Cedric Clark, executive vice president of store operations at Walmart's U.S. division, said in a blog post.
"The pay range for managers will be $90,000 to $170,000, up from $65,000 to $170,000. Meanwhile, Walmart said it is raising the average hourly wage for front-line hourly employees to $18 next month, up from $17.50."
• From Reuters:
"Walmart has been accused by a U.S. labor agency of using a series of illegal tactics to deter unionizing at a California store.
"The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said it had issued a complaint late Wednesday alleging Walmart interrogated workers at the Eureka, California, store about their union activities, removed pro-union flyers from a break room and threatened employees who distributed union literature in violation of U.S. labor law … Unless Walmart settles the claims, an administrative judge will hold a hearing in the case in May. The judge's decision can be appealed to agency's five-member board and then to a federal appeals court.
"None of Walmart's roughly 4,700 U.S. stores have unionized despite decades of attempts by labor unions. The retail giant is currently facing at least 21 other NLRB complaints from workers or unions alleging labor law violations, such as threatening and interrogating workers and unevenly enforcing workplace rules against union supporters."