St. Paul's Wal-Mart workers plan to join nationwide pay protest on Black Friday


It's another year and another demonstration from employees of Wal-Mart in St. Paul, who are planning to protest outside their store on Black Friday.

Protest group OUR Walmart has said the store on University Avenue will be among the 1,600 stores nationwide joining the demonstrations on the biggest shopping day of the year next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

The demonstrators want the United States' largest private employer to commit to persistent full-time work and a minimum wage of $15-per-hour for employees, Reuters reports.

Wal-Mart told Reuters that only a "very small fraction" of workers would take part, despite the protest group claiming it will be the "biggest Black Friday strike to date."

Shoppers and the authorities will be hoping there is no repeat of last year's protests, which saw 26 arrests made on the corner of Snelling and University Avenue, the Pioneer Press reported.

Police arrested protestors without a struggle after they sat cross-legged and linked arms across the intersection.

And in 2012, hundreds of employees and union members protested outside the same store as they called for better pay and health care, according to WCCO.

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