SAN DIEGO — Protesters used the busiest shopping day of the year to ask customers to support a campaign by Walmart employees for better pay.
A group called Our Walmart held signs and gathered signatures for a letter to the CEO of the retail giant asking for a wage that would allow full-time employees to support themselves and their families.
“We’re out here to support the Walmart employees in their quest for a minimum wage of $25,000 a year. And also, they’re asking for fair treatment when they go on strike or a walkout,” said one of the protest organizers.
The protesters said they hoped to gather at least 500 signatures on a letter to Walmart asking for a minimum wage of about $13 and hour. They said that about 800,000 Walmart employees nationwide make less than that.
Organizers pointed to Costco as an example of a company that manages to pay workers well and still make a profit. They said Costco employees make about $45,000 a year, which is much more than Walmart workers get. Costco’s CEO is paid about $300,000 a year, which is much less than many CEOs at comparably sized corporation earn, they noted.