By KEN SWEET, AP News.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America plans to set the minimum wage for all positions at the company to $25 an hour by 2025.
It would be the highest minimum wage paid by a big bank and could pressure rivals to follow suit. Wages have been rising at major banks in recent years amid pressure from outside groups to address wealth inequality.
The bank will also mandate that vendors it does business with pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The bank says 99% of its vendors are already in compliance at that level.
Bank of America raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2017, to $17 an hour in 2019, and to $20 an hour last year, all under CEO Brian Moynihan.
The bank, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has more than 210,000 employees. Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the bank’s largest employee hubs with approx. 13,650 employees.
Increasing the minimum wage across all industries has been a push by Democrats for several years. President Joe Biden campaigned on raising the Federal minimum wage to $15 an hour from its current level of $7.25. The proposal did not make it into the $1.9 trillion economic relief package that passed earlier this year, but Democrats have pledged to push for a minimum wage increase in a bill later this year.
Additional reporting by FWBP Staff