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tiffany and co sale About 200 people braved the rainy Southern California weather on Black Friday to protest what they called unfair Wal-Mart wages outside the chain's store in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles. A few hours earlier, a separate protest had taken place outside Wal-Mart's Ontario store.
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tiffany jewellery Wearing ponchos and juggling umbrellas and signs, the crowd of protesters in L.A. included Wal-Mart employees, families, consumers, local activists and religious groups. Some wore red T-shirts printed with the words "unite here."
tiffany sale Organizers created a makeshift stage, set up with microphones for a variety of musicians, religious figures, workers and advocates to voice their opinions against Wal-Mart. In front of the stage, a Thanksgiving table was set up; at each chair was a poster with a photo of one of the several Wal-Mart workers who had to work on Thanksgiving.
Signs read “People over profit,” “Billion air$ your time is up,” “No union busting allowed,” and “25k” to represent the yearly wage that protesters argue Wal-Mart workers should be making.
Throughout the protest, people were asked to sign a community letter to Wal-Mart demanding better pay and more respect for its employees.
Some cars driving by honked in solidarity as many shoppers continued to walk in and out of the store to go Black Friday shopping.
Daniel Coles, 50, was among the workers protesting outside the store. The Inglewood resident has worked for the discount giant for two decades and at the Crenshaw location for the last 11 years.
“I’m here to tell Wal-Mart corporation to stop bullying the associates, starting giving us a living wage so we can provide for our families," Coles said. "Also to stop them from telling people that we make 25k.”
Coles said he supports his 75-year-old mother and 54-year-old sister.
“I am the only one who is working in my family. I’m the sole provider," he said. "We [Walmart employees] struggle to make it. Struggle to pay the bills, pay my rent on time, put food on the table.”
He also joined protests last year and said he was frustrated that his efforts appeared to have no effect. “Yes, I am pretty much angry because Wal-Mart is not listening to us,” he said.
Around noon, Coles and other protesters walked into the Wal-Mart to ask to meet with store management. A Times reporter was not invited into the meeting.
Roughly 400 people work at the Crenshaw Wal-Mart, said Rachel Wall, senior manager of community affairs for the chain.
“All of our associates who were scheduled to come to work today are here, serving our customers," she said. "What is being shown outside is a stark difference from what we are seeing inside here today. We have gotten great feedback from our associates about holiday pay, about additional 25% discount, about availability of hours and promotional opportunities.”
She said that both Friday and Thursday were considered holidays and that holiday pay amounted to an additional day's pay.
Wal-Mart's corporate office released its own statement saying that "hardly any actual Wal-Mart associates" were participating in the day's protests.
“Black Friday is a big stage, and we’re one of the biggest players in the retail industry. We’re not surprised that those trying to change our industry are using this platform to get their message out, and we respect their right to be heard," spokesman David Tovar said. "We expect some demonstrations at our stores today, although far fewer than what our critics are claiming."Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times 1 2 next | single page Comments 259 Comments (259) Add / View comments | Discussion FAQ steveg68 at 3:06 PM December 03, 2013
I wouldn't be surprised if this piece of newsreporting was outsourced to India.Billary at 11:53 AM December 02, 2013
Walmart is a fantastic company. They provide thousands of highly paid, highly skilled jobs in information technology, human resources, real estate management, retail management, product merchandising, construction project management and on and on.
Walmart provides high quality goods at prices working people can afford. And generous returns policies that attaract customers over and over again.
They also provide stable jobs to retail asociates at the prevailing wage. And shoppers LOVE Walmart. As is evidenced by the number of dollars people spend at Walmart.
So all of your whinning and complaining does NOT CHANGE a thing about how great this great company is.EagleMB at 10:16 AM December 02, 2013
If you want Walmart to pay $25K, the solution is simple. All current and potential Walmart employees need to refuse to work for anything less than $25k. All wages are set by agreement between employer and employee.sterling silver tiffany