Protesters in Arizona demonstrating against Wal-Mart
By Andrew Michalscheck
PHOENIX -- Protesters in the Valley are demonstrating against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as part of a nationwide movement.
Robert Smith, who helped organize a demonstration outside the Walmart at Christown Mall, said the company pays among the lowest wages in the retail industry, yet posts billions of dollars a year in profits.
He also told 3TV that Wal-Mart needlessly cuts employees' hours, forcing them to take odd shifts, even on holidays, simply because the workers need the money badly.
"We think it's time to stand up and say 'enough is enough,'" said Smith.
Wal-Mart's Vice President of Corporate Communications, David Tovar, released a statement Friday saying that the number of protests across the country has been exaggerated.
"We are aware of a few dozen protests at our stores today. The number of associates that have missed their scheduled shift today is more than 60 percent less than Black Friday last year," said Tovar.
Tovar went on to add that the majority of the people protesting aren't actually Wal-Mart employees.