Wonderful Raises the Bar on Minimum Wage
- by Sarah Johnson
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Wonderful Company announced it will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour for full-time employees in California as of January 1, 2019.
“Our dedicated and hard-working employees are our greatest asset, and the reason for our tremendous success as a company,” said Stewart Resnick, Chairman and President of The Wonderful Company, in a recent press release. “This move firmly positions The Wonderful Company as the employer of choice in California’s Central Valley, and we encourage others in the agriculture industry to follow our lead.”
Not only will this result in a 36% jump in pay for employees making the previous standard minimum wage, but it is also the largest pay increase in company history. The company has raised wages three years before California state law will require all large employers to meet the new $15 per hour minimum wage.
“This substantial investment in our workers will have an immediate and meaningful impact on their lives,” said Lynda Resnick, Vice Chair and Co-Owner of The Wonderful Company. “In addition to providing our Central Valley employees and their families free health care and education, we are now able to help them achieve a significantly improved standard of living.”
As Lynda mentions, the wage increase also represents an $80 million investment that will benefit workers across the entire company, including: Wonderful Citrus, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, Wonderful Orchards, Wonderful Nurseries, POM Wonderful, JUSTIN Wines, and Landmark Wines.
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