Groups Protest Wal-Mart Pay, Hours
Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
Protesters are expected outside of a Wal-Mart in Balch Springs, Texas, Friday lobbying for fair pay and full-time work.
Protesters are picketing outside Wal-mart stores across the country, including a store in Balch Springs on Friday.
The protests are organized by labor groups and store employees who said they are asking Wal-Mart to pay employees at least $25,000 annually, as well as give them full-time work.
“Pay us what we’re worth, treat us with dignity and respect and also allow us to make the poverty line, which is $25,000," said Meggan McKinley, an employee at the Wal-Mart in Lancaster.
Roughly 35 people chanted slogans and held signs at the store in Balch Springs. At least one protester was arrested for blocking the street.
“It’s just unfortunate that there are some critics that are taking advantage of the busy shopping season to grab some headlines," said Wal-Mart director of communications, Anne Hatfield.
On the Today show, Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simons said Wal-Mart employees are paid fairly and treated well.