Black Friday protesters picket Walmart, demand better pay
By Tami Hoey
PHOENIX -- Not everyone who hit the stores on this Black Friday was shopping. Many Walmart workers here in the Valley and nationwide came out to protest, demanding better pay, and more full-time work and benefits for employees.
Some called it one of the biggest strikes in company history. Nationwide, workers and supporters carried out 1,600 strikes and protests at Walmart stores.
Supporters - including shoppers, concerned taxpayers and community leaders - are calling on Walmart and its owners, the Waltons, to commit to raise pay to a minimum of $15 an hour, and provide consistent, full-time work.
The mega-retailer reportedly brings in $16 billion in annual profits. However, the majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year.
"While people are going out buying their Christmas presents all across the country, they need to think about families who can't afford to do that, when they make less than 15 dollars an hour," says Petra Falcon of Promise Arizona.