As shoppers flooded Prince George’s County stores seeking Black Friday sales, some Walmart locations in the county had a different kind of long lines to deal with.
Around 400 protesters and Walmart employees marched around the Landover Hills and Laurel stores of the Arkansas-based big-box retailer, demanding better working conditions and benefits for workers and an end to alleged retaliation against those who try to organize.
Cynthia Murray of Hyattsville, a 13-year employee at Walmart’s Laurel location, said she was scheduled to work Friday but chose to take off to participate in the demonstrations. She said she wants to be able to negotiate for a “decent wage” and health benefits, without the threat of reprisals in the form of reduced hours.
“It’s about respect and the need to have a living wage,” Murray said. “I’m not talking about [the current] 40-cent raise once a year.”
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