Protesters gather at Portland Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Protesters gather at Portland Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Protesters gather at Portland Wal-Mart on Black Friday

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by KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

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.

More: 15 Black Friday protesters arrested at Wash. 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."

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