Three arrested in Wal-Mart protests that extend to 15 cities

Gary Strauss, USA TODAY 6:55 p.m. EDT September 5, 2013
In the latest worker protest to raise hourly wages, activiists rally against Wal-Mart

(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)
Story Highlights

  • Coalition wants more full-time positions paying $25,000 a year
  • Wal-Mart says few workers are participating, blames union organizers


Wal-Mart workers and supporters launched protests in at least 15 cities Thursday, urging the world's largest retailer provide higher wages, better jobs and the right to unionize.
OUR Wal-Mart, a coalition including Wal-Mart workers, community organizers and the United Food & Commercial Workers organized day-long protests, urging Wal-Mart to pay full-time wages of $25,000 a year, or $12 an hour. It says many of Wal-Mart's 1.3 million associates are part-time employees averaging just $8.80 an hour.
The Wal-Mart protests - which follow last week's broader, widespread strikes among fast-food industry workers seeking $15 an hour wages from fast food chains - were scheduled for Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Orlando, Minneapolis and Washington D.C., where Wal-Mart is threatening to cut expansion if it's required to pay a city mandated "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.
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