According to Reuters, Arnodo didn’t specify whether any of his activists were Wal-Mart employees, possibly to protect their identity, but the director did maintain that the demonstrators who took part in the protest were union members, community activists, and others.
The demonstration comes just as Wal-Mart prepares for its busy holiday shopping season, and it also serves as a clear reminder of what happened around this time last year when many Wal-Mart shoppers chose Black Friday to walk out on the job and campaign for higher wages. According to Bloomberg, on the biggest shopping day of the year, workers organized outside about 1,000 Wal-Mart stores, and asked for for more full-time jobs with predictable schedules.
The demonstration was led by OUR Walmart, or Organization United for Respect at Walmart, and organizers chanted for hours on end, “Stand up! Live better!” a play on Walmart’s slogan, “Save money. Live better.” Thus, it’s the same story, different year — we’ll just have to wait and see if Wal-Mart listens.
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