Yesterday, thousands of Wal-mart employees and supporters protested over hours, pay, benefits and working conditions. Those demonstrators deserved our support. Sadly, Wal-fart still enjoyed record sales. The reason for that is even more sad.
Hundreds of people — including some employees — have taken part in Black Friday demonstrations at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, protesting what they say is the retailer’s retaliation against speaking out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.
According to organizers from the union-backed group OUR Walmart, hundreds of workers and thousands of supporters rallied across 100 cities, including Landover Hills, Md., Miami, Oakland, Calif., Chicago, Danville, Ky., Dallas and Kenosha, Wis.
Wal-Mart pushed back, saying it knew of only a "few dozen" protests, and that most of the protesters were not its employees
In one of the biggest protests, nine people were arrested outside of a Paramount, Calif., Wal-Mart store for failing to disperse, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement. An OUR Walmart spokesman said three of those arrested were Wal-Mart workers. Those arrested were to be released without bail, unless they had previous arrest warrants.
The sheriff’s department said about 1,000 people arrived by bus and private vehicles to participate in the Paramount protest, which was characterized as peaceful… [emphasis added]
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This protest should have been an overwhelming success, giving the Walton family a major pain in the wallet. It was not because every American who passed by demonstrators and shopped there anyway effectively took the side of the greedy corporation against people like them. Everyone who dis so should be thoroughly ashamed.