Walmart will give $2 million worth of cash bonuses to its 11,000 hourly workers in Maryland, the retail giant said Wednesday.
The bonuses, part of more than $200 million in quarterly bonus pay earned by more than 932,000 of its full- and part-time workers nationwide, were based on stores' performances from May though July.
The mass merchant said 99 percent of stores met performance goals. Eligible workers can earn the awards four times a year. In Maryland, this quarter's bonus amounts to average of about $180 each.
"We are working to make Walmart a better place to work for our associates and a better place to shop for our valued customers, and we believe investments like this will help us achieve those goals," said Michael Collischan, Walmart's regional general manager, in the announcement.
But, a workers' union countered, many of the retailer's workers still make less than $10 an hour.
"Walmart does not deserve credit for giving some workers a very small share of one of the world's richest company's earnings," said Jess Levin, a spokeswoman for Making Change at Walmart, a campaign led by the United Food & Commercial Workers.
Walmart announced a two-year, $2.7 billion investment in workers last year that included education, training and higher wages, which is in addition to the bonuses.