Protesters demand more pay for Walmart employees during rally

Protest outside Walmart in Commerce City, Colo.

Protest outside Walmart in Commerce City, Colo.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Walmart employees say they need more pay to support their families and they’re demanding action.

Local union workers came out Tuesday in support of Walmart employees who want higher pay. One mother who works for Walmart also walked off the job in protest Tuesday.

Jasmond Dixon led the rally. “Most Walmart workers get paid less than $25,000 per year and today in a Walmart economy that’s not enough to survive.”

“I like working at Walmart, I really do,” She says. But she adds that even when working full time at the store, she can’t afford to raise a family.

Walmart responded, saying, “Our associates are smart. They know what a good job is, and that’s why 1.3 million of them have chosen to work for the company.”

Walmart also says this rally is held every year during the company’s annual shareholders conference. A spokesperson says the timing is not coincidental, and the union members who show up are usually offered incentives to be there in numbers.