Walmarts across the country are being picketed by protesters demanding fair wages for workers, who, yes, were behind the registers last night to ensure that thrifty hoarders got the best possible deal on their SodaStreams.
The wretched chain is mercifully absent in our city (for now), meaning the closest location is the Walmart Supercenter in North Bergen, New Jersey. The hundreds of protesters were also joined by a contingent enraged by the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson.
State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman also released the following statement:
Today, as millions of Americans kick off the holiday shopping season, I encourage all of them to consider the enormous injustice suffered by many of the workers who are helping them with their purchases. Across the country, workers are standing up to demand a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. I’m proud to stand with them as they raise their voices to send an important message: No one who works full-time should have to struggle to feed their families. Over the past four years, I’ve fought to crack down on employers who cheat hardworking New Yorkers our of their wages. And while we will continue to do everything we can to enforce current laws, we must also move toward enacting new laws to remedy the pervasive income inequality that is plaguing our nation.
If you missed the protest but still want to support the cause, you can do so here.