Walmart pays workers a respectable wage

To the editor:

I am a taxpayer in Berkshire County and find it hard to understand the Berkshire Central Labor Council objection to PEDA approving Walmart relocating to the William Stanley Park.

PEDA was formed in 1998 and 18 years later the park has two tenants and no manufacturing companies negotiating for space. The Labor Council states the jobs promised by Walmart "would not offer wages nor benefits sufficient to support working families." Here are the facts to contradict the Council's conclusion.

Walmart pays $14.69/hour for full-time workers with benefits. The minimum wage for the following states is significantly below Walmart's hourly rate.

Massachusetts — $10, moving to $11 in 2017.

Connecticut — $9.60, moving to $10.10 in 2017.

Vermont — $9.60, moving to $10.00 in 2017.

New Hampshire — $7.25, no planned increase.

Greater New York state — $9.70, moving to $10.40 in 2017.

Wait until these four states realize what Walmart pays compared to their minimum wage. They will welcome them and tell their voters how they have been able to increase their standard of living.

Richard Jacobs, Lee