Walmart workers protest nationwide

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — As more than 2,000 Walmart workers protested around the nation, employees of the Amherst Wal-mart picketed their employer Friday.

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Dozens of people protested outside of Walmart Friday.

The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he supported the Walmart workers in their fight.

“Across the country, workers are standing up to demand a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work,” he said. “I’m proud to stand with them.”

Employees picketing at the Amherst Walmart and those protesting on their behalf say the wages they’re paid forces them to struggle despite holding a full time job. Richard Lipsitz, WNY Area Labor Federation president, said they’ve protested outside of Wal-mart for four years, and they’ll continue to protest so long as the wage situation doesn’t improve.

“People in this community feel that low wages — $8 an hour — where people have to be on public assistance, they have to have two jobs, for a company like this is actually undercutting small businesses around us is the best example of the race to the bottom which we’re against,” Lipsitz said.

Schneiderman said his office is working on not only enforcing old laws, but enacting new laws to help employees like the ones picketing outside of Wal-marts nationwide.

“Consider the enormous injustice suffered by many of the workers,” he said. “No one who works full-time should have to struggle to feed their families.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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