Protesters call for living wage at Walmart

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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.


  • esco

    They act like Walmart has a shackle around their ankle and they can't go elsewhere.
    If your needs aren't met there move on.

  • Not True

    I don't know what Costco they're talking about but no co-worker I know here at Costco makes anywhere NEAR $45,000 a year. Maybe $21,000 but NOT $45,000.

  • Hatt Mix

    “I don’t have an education, I have two kids and I’m 19. I DESERVE MORE PAY!” Get over yourselves useless union morons. These aren’t supposed to be life long careers at Walmart unless you work your way into management. They’re no more than a job at McDonalds or Carls Jr. except you’re stocking shelves or a cashier instead of flipping burgers. I’m tired of all these young kids or border crossers who think they deserve more pay for jobs that any high school drop out can do.

  • pb geek

    Hatt MIx hit the nail on the head. Walmart jobs are designed for high school kids to work their way into the marketplace. If you expect to raise a family with a job at Walmart you're a fool AND an idiot.

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