November 25, 2015

Walmart workers plan another Black Friday protest

Fortune - A group that calls itself Our Walmart and advocates for workers at the retail giant is planning demonstrations at a dozen locations nationwide as it continues to push for a $15 per hour minimum wage and full-time status for workers.

Protests at the nation’s largest retailer have become a kind of Black Friday tradition ever since they began in 2012, when employees clamored for Walmart to end what they characterized as retaliation for speaking out for higher pay, fair schedules, and health care they could afford.

This year is somewhat different. Around nine months ago, Walmart made a concession to protestors’ demands, announcing that it would raise its wages. In April, it implemented a starting rate of $9 per hour that will increase to $10 per hour in February 2016. The Our Walmart group touts the wage increase as a victory, but it remains steadfast in its demand for $15 per hour.

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