Apparently, the biggest shopping day of the year, which follows Thanksgiving Day, not only attracts millions of best shopping deal hunters. As always, Black Friday likewise draws flocks of Walmart employees into seek for better deals with their employer.
As Black Friday kicks off, hundreds of Walmart workers marched outside the giant retailer’s Ontario store in California, shouting out their demands for higher wages and better benefits and working conditions. The strike started at 6 a.m. and continued until 8 a.m.
The strikes follow a small wave of nationwide protest a few days before Black Friday.
Today, participants of the protests include the union-backed organizations including OUR Walmart, the United Food and Workers Union (UFCW) and the United for Respect At Walmart.
So far, Walmart employees earn less than $17,000 a year and are forced to rely on federal food stamps and other government assistance programs. Unfortunately, the said annual income does not even reach the federal poverty level for a family of four, which is $23,500 a year.
Therefore, protesters are calling Walmart to publicly commit to paying them with at least $25,000 wage per year.
Thus, workers are demanding for at least $25,000 wage a year as well as to provide them with full time job.
Walmart on the other hand, remains firm with its stance that nearly half of its U.S. employees earn more than $25,000 per year. Also, the giant retailer further affirmed that the company has long been offering workers many opportunities for employees to grow into manager positions and earn higher wages.
California is known to be one of the states with the most workers friendly employment laws. However, despite this, a lot of workers in the Golden State remain suffering from low wages, poor benefits and working environment.