US: Protests greet shoppers at Wal-Marts

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Striking Walmart workers and supporters protest at a store on Black Friday in Paramount, California, November 23, 2012. Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers converged on the retailer's stores across the United States.  (Reuters) Striking Walmart workers and supporters protest at a store on Black Friday in Paramount, California, November 23, 2012. Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for Walmart hourly workers converged on the retailer's stores across the United States. (Reuters)
SummaryWal-Mart workers and their supporters marched in protest at stores across the US.

retailer filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board last week against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, saying the demonstrations organized by OUR Walmart threatened to disrupt business and intimidate customers and associates.

Employee Victoria Martinez, 29, marched in front of the Paramount store on Friday. She worked her shift on Thanksgiving but skipped work Friday to “speak out.'' She said the company shows a lack of respect for employees, noting that she faced retaliation by local managers after speaking out about problems during an open discussion sponsored by the head office.

“I believe that when I started at this company, it was great,'' said Martinez, who has worked for Wal-Mart for seven years. “They've taken away everything that is great.''

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