Biggest Wal-Mart Protest Since Black Friday

Monday, September 9, 2013

Last week, Wal-Mart workers intensified actions nationwide by protesting in 15 cities after Wal-Mart failed to reinstate illegally fired Wal-Mart Strikers and publicly commit to a living wage by Labor Day. A protester and resident of Northeast D.C., Antoinette Norwood said, “As much money as Wal-Mart makes, it can afford to pay more,” said the retired security worker. “Living on $8.50 in the District is hard living; two people making $8.50 can’t even pay rent.”

Hundreds protest against Wal-Mart in 15 cities, demanding higher wages (VIDEO) - Washington Post

With Wal-Mart workers barely scraping by at an average of $8.80 an hour while top executives are making millions, you have to ask yourself, why would a company let their workers struggle to pay for basic needs? Last week, the nationwide protests demanded Wal-Mart to pay their employees at least $12.50 an hour or $25,000 a year. During the New York City protests, "at least three current or former Wal-Mart employees were arrested for disorderly conduct as they attempted to deliver a petition to the office of Wal-Mart director Chris Williams," a CEO board member of New York-based investment bank Williams Capital Management Trust. 

Three arrested in Wal-Mart protests that extend to 15 cities  - USA Today

Wal-Mart workers in Los Angeles deserve better wages and working conditions, which is why past and present workers protested Thursday in hopes of not having to live paycheck to paycheck. The high turnout of protesters in downtown Los Angeles lead to 21 people being arrested for standing up to Wal-Mart. "The protest drew people who chanted and waved signs that read "Pay us Enough to Support our Families" and "Illegally Fired for Standing Up." 

21 arrested in Wal-Mart protest in downtown L.A. - Los Angeles Times

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