NEW YORK — Walmart workers who as soon as unloaded vans now have an opportunity to drive them.
The nation’s largest retailer has launched a training program that offers workers who work in its distribution or achievement facilities an opportunity to turn into licensed Walmart truck drivers by way of a 12-week program taught by the corporate’s established drivers.
Walmart, primarily based in Bentonville, Arkansas, additionally stated it’s elevating pay for its 12,000 truck drivers. The beginning vary for new drivers will now between $95,000 and $110,000, in keeping with Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The retailer stated that $87,500 had been the typical that new truck drivers could make of their first 12 months.
The strikes introduced Thursday come because the pandemic has made trucker shortages extra extreme as demand to maneuver freight reaches historic highs. The American Trucking Associations, a big business commerce group, estimates that the nation is brief about 80,000 drivers.
Walmart stated about 20 workers in Dallas and Dover, Delaware, have earned their business driver’s licenses. About 400 to 800 workers within the firm’s supply-chain community are anticipated to finish the truck-driving program this 12 months, Hatfield stated.