Wal-Mart: Thanks for the Bonuses, But…

Store workers are glad for the extra cash, but critics say the bonuses don't make up for the retailers' track record of poor compensation

There's going to be a few extra beers going around at Rosetta Brown's home in Chicago tonight. The hardworking 45-year-old mother of five just got her $616 bonus check from Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), her highest annual payout since starting work there nine years ago. The best part is that her husband, Robert Ollison, a custodian at the nearby Wal-Mart store, also got a bonus of $1,935. The couple hopes to use the money for a down payment on a new car.

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