PORTLAND, Ore. – Around 100 people gathered to protest outside the Wal-Mart in Southeast Portland Friday.
The protest was one of many across the nation on Black Friday where worker advocates asked Wal-Mart to improve labor standards and provide workers with more full-time work and a $25,000 a year salary.
Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick joined the protest along with several Portland-area labor and spiritual leaders.
Police in Bellevue, Wash. arrested 15 protesters who were part of a group of about 100 outside a Wal-Mart.
In a statement, Wal-Mart officials said the company "provides wages on the higher end of the retail average with full-time and part-time associates making, on average, close to $12.00 an hour. The majority of our workforce is full-time, and our average full-time hourly pay is $12.81 an hour. We are also proud of the benefits we offer our associates, including affordable health care, performance-based bonuses, education benefits, and access to a 401K."