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article imageWal-Mart workers strike for higher wages

By Ryan Hite     Jun 5, 2014 in Business
Dayton - Wal-Mart workers around the country staged a strike against the low wages of the company. This comes at the same time as the annual shareholders meeting and at a time when higher wages are on discussion panels everywhere.
Union organizers for Wal-Mart said employees were set to walk throughout the day in cities all over the country.
At an Ohio store, a Wal-Mart worker named Cynthia Brown-Elliott said from her cell phone that she joined a protest outside a local store, saying slogans such as: "Respect! Now!"
A cake decorator in the Wal-Mart bakery, she makes only $8.95 an hour. She has been with Wal-Mart for two years already and believes she is overworked and underpaid.
"Save money and live better?," she said, citing the advertising line for Wal-Mart to the consumer. "How can you save money if you're not making enough money? How can you you live better if you're not paid enough?" .
She said she had alerted Wal-Mart she would be striking through a letter supplied by the union that represents the workers. She is protesting because of her low pay
The actions are timed in conjunction with Wal-Mart's annual shareholder meeting, which takes place Friday in Fayetteville, Ark., near the company's headquarters.
When asked about the strikes, a Wal-Mart spokesman stated that,"What we are seeing are very few, if any, people who work for Wal-Mart participating in the activities. The union has to bus people around to different protests."
The fight for higher wages has been a recent topic of discussion across the retail and fast-food industries. McDonald's workers and union organizers have staged strikes and took protests to the company's annual shareholder meeting last month.
Proponents for higher pay received a boost on Monday when the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour over a period of time, proving to them that higher wages may be forced on more corporations and states in the future.
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