NEW YORK • Wal-Mart Stores is hiring 55,000 seasonal workers and is elevating 70,000 more to part- or full-time positions as the holiday season ramps up.
The world's largest retailer says 35,000 temporary workers will become part-time and 35,000 part-time workers will gain full-time jobs.
The shift means that Wal-Mart will be offering more of its workers benefits. That's significant because Wal-Mart has been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they say are skimpy wages and benefits.
The holidays are a crucial time for retailers because they can make up to 40 percent of annual revenue during the period.