By 2020 Target plans to raise their minimum wage to $15 for its 320,000 workers. Currently Target pays its workers $10 an hour, however they will be taking their first step with their new initiative in October by paying their employees an $11 minimum wage.
Several local Target employees are excited for the minimum wage increase efforts. Ryan Kelley, a team leader for the Franklin Street Target, said they also have great benefit to team members who work more than 30 hours a week.
“We’re just really excited to take care of our team members in the ever changing retail landscape,” he said.
Kelley said raising the minimum wage is a way to attract talent to the company, since many students apply and work at the Franklin Street Target.
Student team member Tim Walker said he's pursuing a Masters in Education. This year he had to take out loans and he said Target's minimum wage increase will help him pay for school.