Black Friday Walmart Protests in Indiana: Workers Want Better Wages

INDIANA, (WOWO): Black Friday protests will be held at some Walmart stores in Indiana on Black Friday as workers and other labor supporters are calling for fair wages and better working conditions.

Walmart reports that it pays the average worker about $11.82, which Mary Kate Dugan with Central Indiana Jobs with Justice says is barely enough to cover the basics.

U-S taxpayers are subsidizing Walmart’s wages to the tune of $6.2 billion a year, that’s in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. So we know a lot of their workers just aren't making it.”

Dugan says they are calling for the company to pay workers $15 an hour, and provide more full-time work.

“It doesn't matter how much you make per hour if you’re not guaranteed enough hours to make enough money to live. So scheduling is as big of an issue as wages themselves.”

Demonstrations in Indianapolis, Kokomo, North Vernon and South Bend are among the more than 2200 planned at Walmart stores in almost every state.