Wal-Mart Employees Say Wages Are Too Low

By Associated Press | 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mega-retailer Wal-Mart is likely to hear the sounds of criticism above all the hustle and bustle of shoppers this holiday season.

Although Wal-Mart says it will give employees extra pay and a turkey dinner to make up for working on Thanksgiving...some workers say, that just isn't enough to make up for the low pay.

As millions of shoppers push into Wal-Mart this holiday season hunting for bargains, they're expected to skyrocket the retail giant's seventeen billion dollars in annual profits even higher -- and that's not sitting well with employees who are barely making end's meet.

The protest group "Our Wal-Mart" is an association of disgruntled employees. Along with others, they have tried to pressure Wal-Mart, enlisting members of Congress, City Councils, and anyone else they can, arguing that the super retailer is essentially exploiting the hunger for jobs.

Wal-Mart, however, has pushed back hard.

Wal-Mart, U.S. cites a litany of numbers to counter the accusations of unfair wages. The company has one-point-three million employees with more than half of those full-time. The average pay is $12.83 an hour -- more than five dollars above minimum wage, and more than the average rate for all hourly retail sales people in America.

The math clearly works for more than 300,000 Wal-Mart employees who have been with the company for more than 10 years. But not for those on the bottom end of the pay scale.

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