Protests greet shoppers at Wal-Marts nationwide
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Paramount, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, say nine people have been cited for blocking a busy street near a Wal-Mart and released on misdemeanor charges.
That was one of the protests staged by Wal-Mart workers and supporters who marched at a number of stores nationwide on Thursday and Friday. They’re demanding better wages, benefits and treatment.
In Lakewood, Colo., shoppers hesitated as they passed dozens of protesters outside a Wal-Mart but entered without incident. Some protesters held signs playing off of the retailing giant’s corporate slogan, “Live better,” accusing the company of corporate greed and underpaying its workers.
A union-backed group called OUR Wal-Mart has said that it is holding an estimated 1,000 protests in 46 states. Wal-Mart has refuted that estimate, saying the figure is grossly exaggerated. It also says this was its best Black Friday ever.
Wal-Mart operates 10,400 stores in 27 countries.