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Walmart workers getting raises Thursday

More than 2,500 Walmart workers in Western New York will notice a wage increase when they open their paychecks Thursday.

Workers hired before the beginning of the year will have their pay increased to at least $10 per hour. Those already earning $10 per hour will get their annual pay raise this month, rather than on their anniversary date, when it would traditionally show up. New entry-level workers will start at $9 per hour, but move to $10 after completing a retail skills training program.

Non-entry-level workers will get a raise, too, unless they’ve hit their position’s wage ceiling. In cases where workers have already reached the top of their pay scales, they’ll receive 2 percent of their annual wages in one lump sum.

Assistant store managers will have their salary increased to $45,000 annually.

The chain-wide pay increase affects more than 1.2 million Walmart and Sam’s Club workers.

The move is part of a two-year, $2.7 billion investment in higher pay, better training and added educational opportunities for workers. Workers can also earn quarterly cash bonuses tied to their store’s performance.