Black Friday demonstration held outside Wal-Mart

Black Friday demonstration held outside Wal-Mart

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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) -

A rally was held outside the Wal-Mart store in Sterling Heights Friday on the day traditionally viewed as the official start to the holiday buying season. Demonstrators are demanding better wages.

Click on the video player to watch Robin Schwartz's report.

The Michigan Black Friday protest drew union leaders and others. As many as 1,500 other similar protests were planned across the country.

The retailer has been a target of protests for opening stores on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday demonstrators were demanding a minimum salary of $25,000 for Wal-Mart workers, more full-time jobs and an end to what they call illegal retaliation against workers who've been speaking out. The company employs more than 31,000 people in Michigan and 1.3 million nationwide. They say the average hourly wage for Michigan workers is $12.88. A spokesperson says the company plans to add 300 more jobs at a new store in Warren. A hiring center will open at 14 Mile and VanDyke on Monday, Dec. 2.

Wal-Mart officials say the company has received good feedback from employees about working the holiday. The discounter says they get additional holiday pay and other perks for working Thanksgiving.

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