Wal-Mart has announced its plans to promote 25,000 employees by the end of January.
The company says the promotions will affect employees in both hourly and management positions will come with higher pay and increased responsibilities.
The promotions will be bring Wal-Mart’s annual tally to more than 160,000 which is roughly the same number of promotions as last year.
The announcement comes just days after a Democratic lawmaker criticized the firm’s executives as “welfare kings”, citing the store’s average full-time annual wage of roughly $26,000 a year.
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