Walmart officials speak out after Black Friday protests

Officials at the Walmart branch in Mishawaka say the protests early Friday morning did not affect shoppers or their sales. The demonstrators want Walmart to increase their wages.

The protesters just wanted their voice to be heard. 

Organizations like AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, and other organizations are demanding workers be paid a minimum of $15/hour and given a consistent full-time work schedule, so they can better provide for their families.

And it's not just an opinion here in Michiana, protests spanned 1600 cities across the nation Friday.  

Samantha Read, a manager in training at the Mishawaka store, says the protesters may be loud, but they don't represent the 1.3 million employees at Walmart. 

"We're just going to continue to develop our associates and make sure they feel welcome and secure here with the store," says Read.  

Walmart recently announced they would raise wages for its lowest paid workers, and they just rolled out a new scheduling system that allows workers to sign up for open shifts.

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