Ellsworth Community Member, John Curtis said “Six Wal-mart heirs own as much as 93 million Americans, I mean that seems a little unbalanced to us.”
These protestors want higher wages for hourly employees, especially around the holidays.
“We think it’s time for Wal-mart to sit down with their workers and offer them a more living wage,” said Curtis.
A Wal-mart Spokesperson, Bill Wertz said the average hourly employee earns $13.41 an hour and a 10 percent discount. “When you look at the retail industry as a whole, Wal-mart’s pay and benefits are very, very competitive.”
The spokesperson adds that people who work for the company can have a real future. “We offer a real career path for our associates, 75% of our management team started as hourly employees,” said Wertz.
Despite the protest, Wal-mart endured it’s most successful Black Friday with over 5,000 transactions per second around the country.
These protestors say they don’t oppose Black Friday as a whole, but they would encourage people to shop on Small Business Saturday instead. Curtis said “That’s the day I prefer to shop and I’ll be shopping in local stores in Ellsworth.”