Walmart protesters demonstrate for worker's rights
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
Employees of superstore Walmart demonstrated in 15 cities nationwide last week, calling for better wages and more benefits. Over 100 protesters were arrested across the country, according to organizers.
The demonstrations, who are backed by Organization United for Respect at Walmart, coincided with Labor Day, with participants arguing Walmart violates their right to form unions.
Walmart employs 1.3 million workers nationwide and is the largest employer in 25 states, according to Business Insider.
One of the demands of the protesters is an increased annual wage to $25,000, an amount they call a living wage. On average, Walmart associates earn an average of $8.81 per hour, with the federal minimum wage being set at $7.25 an hour.
Walmart spokesperson Dan Fogleman told Al Jazeera America the protests were a “show” and denied the claims the protesters are employees of Walmart.
“This is just what the union group has been doing on and off since last year––it just a show and, with very few exceptions, the cast members don’t work at Walmart nor are they affiliated with the company in anyway,” Fogleman said.