This Chart Shows What Walmart’s Pay Raises Mean for the Minimum Wage

TIME

In a move set to reignite the debate over increasing the federal minimum wage, Walmart said Thursday it’s giving half a million of its employees a raise.

Here’s what’s in store for the 500,000 employees who are paid the company’s baseline wages (which are highly contested numbers), according to a statement:

Current and future associates will benefit from this initiative, which ensures that Walmart hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today’s federal minimum wage, or $9.00 per hour, in April. The following year, by Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10.00 per hour.

What do Walmart’s raises really mean in context of the minimum wage debate?

As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart’s actions will likely provide a boost to those who want to bump up the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10. Those efforts have repeatedly been blocked by some lawmakers…

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