LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of Walmart workers and community supporters Thursday were taking part in a nationwide protest calling for improved jobs and better wages.
Protestors began marching at 11:30 a.m. at Pershing Square on S. Olive and W. 6th streets.
Supporters and workers are demanding higher wages and better treatment by Walmart as part of a long-running campaign of unions and activist groups targeting the retail giant.
Martha Sellers, an employee at the Paramount Walmart for the past 10 years, told KNX1070 she will be taking part in the protest.
“An average Walmart worker makes $8.80 an hour – that’s not a livable wage,” she said. “I am a Walmart employee, I have been there 10 years, I can’t find another job. The economy is that bad, but I’m not paying my rent. I am behind on every bill because my paycheck is not big enough to pay my rent and my bills.”