On what should be the happiest day of the year for retailers, Wal-Mart workers and supporters held Black Friday protests outside stores. They planned demonstrations outside 1,500 stores around the country.
"Everyone has a living wage and we need one, too," said Myron Byrd, 45, a Wal-Mart worker and protester who was led away in handcuffs by police. He was one of two employees arrested for allegedly blocking traffic at a demonstration by about 75 people outside a store in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
Hoping to bring attention to their demands for improved working conditions, protesters want the giant retailer to increase wages by 42 percent from $8.81 an hour.
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An increase to $12.50 an hour would boost the salary to $25,000 from $17,000 annually.