A crowd estimated at about 150 Wal-Mart employees, labor union members and community activists gathered outside the Placerville Wal-Mart on Black Friday morning, part of a nationwide protest against what they describe as retaliation against workers' efforts to unionize.
The atmosphere by one onlooker was described as "pretty quiet" but supportive, with chanting protestors handing out flyers at the 4300 Missouri Flat Road.
Although the Placerville store was the site of the protest, the 50 or so Wal-Mart "associates" who turned up reportedly work at stores throughout Sacramento. They've been supported by an online campaign, OURWalmart - Organization United for Respect at WalMart, which is organizing protests at dozens of WalMart stores across the country. It seeks to get more fulltime jobs and benefits for WalMart's estimated 1.4 million employees.
About 30 pickets were reported at the West Sacramento WalMart, carrying "Everyone Deserves A Living Wage" and "Associates Deserve Respect" signs.
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