Black Friday protesters across the country demand $15 wages

MILPITAS, Calif. – For the third year in a row on Black Friday, thousands of Walmart workers and their union protested in front of 1,600 Walmart stores across the nation to demand a $15 dollar wage, full-time work, and better working conditions.

Kababayans joined more than 400 workers and their union who rallied in front of the Milpitas Walmart.

“They gave you more work and then less hours,” said Eddie Daguioan, a Filipino who has been employed by the company for eight years. “And then we got associates here 15 years who are still part-time. That hurts.”

Maria Sumagaysan says she has been overlooked and passed up for promotions by workers with less experience.

“The more you ask them the more they take your hours, which is not fair,” said Samugaysan. “What is it all about? Is it discrimination? Favoritism or what? I challenge them. Look at my personal file. Look at my evaluation. I’m not perfect but I think I try my best to work hard for Walmart.”

Sumagaysan and these disgruntled Filipino Walmart workers say want to represent those who are afraid to speak up.

“There are too many members in my store but they were afraid to stand up,” said Sumagaysan, who has been with the company for 15-years. “They were afraid to stand up because they were afraid to lose their jobs. That’s why they are not here. I’m standing up for the Filipino workers.”

“We stand up for them to give them courage and more of them are coming to join our Walmart association,” said Eddie Daguioan.

Walmart released a statement on their website regarding the Black Friday protests.

The biggest American employer states that the demonstrators were mainly composed of paid union demonstrators who do not represent actual Walmart workers.

Walmart management adds that the company will not be distracted by these protests and will continue to provide their associates with opportunities for job growth.

While the $15 dollar minimum wage is set to effect in cities like Seattle and now San Francisco, protesters say they will continue to protest until changes come.

“Until the end,” added Daguioan. “I’m going to do it every time. We need it.”

These protesters did not want to stop anyone from shopping at this Walmart, but they did speak with many customers during their march to inform them why they are protesting, and to bring more awareness to their cause.

 

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  • Mario
    1 December 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Since you are not happy in your job at Walmart, just quit and ask a higher paying job from the Union leaders.

  • kikay Pang0
    1 December 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Retail stores don’t give 15/hr rate to people who complain too much like the Filipinos.

  • Delia
    2 December 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Go ahead and protest you will soon be replace by Obamas amnested people. businesses are now being offered $3,000-employee incentives to hire the amnestied illegals over Americans and legals.

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