When Target first announced that by 2020 all employees would be making $15 an hour minimum wage, labor forces praised the move and Target employees were ecstatic. But it now appears that the raise may not be the solution hourly workers were hoping for. To support the higher hourly wage, some companies cut staff by implementing self-checkouts, while others have offset the raise by giving workers fewer hours.
CNN Business took a look at those Target stores that implemented the $15 hourly wage and interviewed 23 employees from around the United States. To perhaps no one’s surprise, they detailed negative experiences since they obtained the increase.
Heather, who did not want her last name disclosed in fear of repercussion, told the publication: “I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck, I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”
Heather also stated that when she started working at the end of last year, she was working 40 hours a week. Since the raise, she has barely been hitting 20 hours a week.
Many employees have cried foul over the raise leading to decreased hours as it has made many of them ineligible to receive health benefits.
“Target worked me hard from mid-July of 2018 to February 2019, right before my medical coverage was about to kick in,” Caren Morales, a former Target employee said. “They cut my hours right then, and so I begged for hours and always went above and beyond.”
Morales explained the hours got progressively worse to the point where she wasn’t even working 15 hours a week. Originally, Morales worked anywhere from 35 to 40 hours. “I called in on May 1 and said, ‘I can’t come in today or ever again because I can’t afford my daughter’s daycare. You guys cut me really bad.'”
She was forced to quit.
CNN reached out to Target for a comment on the hour disparities since the wage hike, and a spokesperson for the company countered that are most employees are working “approximately the same number of hours as they were last year.”