Hobby Lobby is raising its “minimum full-time hourly wage” to $17 starting Oct. 1.
The arts and crafts chain announced the upcoming pay increase in a news release Monday, a week after calls for a consumer boycott over a viral photo of a display of decorative letters arranged to read “USA Vote Trump” and the caption “In a Hobby Lobby.”
The chain said it was one of the first retailers to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage “well above the federal minimum wage and has since raised its minimum wages ten times over the last eleven years.”
In 2014, it raised its full-time minimum wage to $15 in 2014 “well before it became fashionable with other retailers.”
“We have always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people,” Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green said in the release. “From closing our stores on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week, to providing some of the best pay and benefits in the retail industry, we are thankful that we are able to share our success with our valued employees and provide time for rest, family and worship.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Kelly Tyko