Raises would, of course, cost these billion-dollar corporations something. More costly, though, is the price paid by minimum-wage workers who have not received a raise in six years. Even more dear is what these workers have paid for their campaign to get raises. Managers have harassed, threatened and fired them.
I like the symbolic value of the nation's largest employer pledging that it won't continue to discriminate when it comes to health benefits, but here's the bad news: In the real world a majority of Walmart workers -- gay and straight alike -- still won't have affordable health coverage or living wages.