Wal-Mart workers protest on Black Friday

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Reported by: Michael Barber
Updated: 11/29/2013 10:39 pm Published: 11/29/2013 10:35 pm

Protesters lined the street at the Wal-Mart near Admiral Street and Memorial Road, the Friday after Thanksgiving, demanding change for workers.

FOX23 talked with protestors today and found out what change they're hoping for.

We found about 20 local protesters in front of Wal-Mart, all fighting to raise the pay for employees.

FOX23 spoke with union member Kevin Polovina, who said, "We're bringing awareness to the way Wal-Mart treats its employees and the poor pay they give 'em."

Another protestor is a former Wal-Mart employee, Ariana Eakle, who said, "I'm out here because I support Americans being able to make enough money without food stamps to be able to feed their families."

These local strikers are part of a nationwide protest, fighting for higher salaries for employees of the world's largest retailer.

"Corporations like Wal-Mart think that they can pay us nothing and that we have to survive on our own needs and usually that means taking out food stamps or welfare or something," Eakle said.

Eakle, tells us this Black Friday's protest was a coordinated effort that included over 1,500 locations across America. It's also grabbing attention of local law enforcement in some cities.

We did some digging and found some surveys showing nearly half of Wal-Mart’s employees across the country were paid less than $25,000 dollars last year.

"The wage here in Tulsa you need about $7.80 (an hour) for one adult, to support himself and one child and they don't even pay that usually," said Polovina.

The minimum wage in Oklahoma is $7.25.

That means full-time employees would make a little more than $15,000 a year.

"If you open your eyes when you walk into Walmart you'll see all these middle-aged women especially women, you see elderly people that are trying to live on Social Security, they're trying to live on food stamps, they're trying to do whatever it takes to scrape by," said Eakle.

Although today was a nationwide event, these protestors plan to regroup next week

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Mayor Maynot - 12/1/2013 8:16 PM
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Walmart not my preference. They are pretty much corporate maggots. All the way down to the airhead door man.
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