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November 13th, 2013
08:44 PM ET

Workers protest Wal-Mart wages

Across the United States there is a growing movement against the world's largest retailer over wages.

In Chicago, unhappy workers from three Wal-Mart stores walked off the job Wednesday, demanding a better day's pay.

Do claims that Wal-Mart should pay more add up?

Tom Foreman investigates.


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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "I know how hard you work & how little time you have to rest... I don't have to tell you how hard it is to look for work. I don't have to tell you anything about hard times...

    Here's the truth: no politician can make your union strong again. No politician can make it the way it used to be, because we're living in a new world now. A world without economic borders. A guy can push a button in New York and move a billion dollars to Tokyo in the blink of an eye, and in that world muscle jobs go where muscle labor is cheap, and that is not here...

    So if you wanna compete, you're gonna have to exercise a different set of muscles, the one between your ears.

    Now, this whole country is gonna have to go back to school. We're gonna have to get smarter & learn new skills.

    And I will make you this deal: I will work hard for you, I will wake up every morning thinking about you, I will work & sweat & bleed to make Education a lifetime thing in this country to give you the support you need to move up... But you have got to do the heavy lifting your own selves."

    (Anon, Primary Colors)

    November 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  2. Drew

    No one should be able to make a living off crappy jobs like Walmart or McDonalds, those are the kind of jobs you get part time just to make a little extra money. If people could make a living off those kinds of jobs then no one would have any incentive to get an education and get a real job. If this is the kind of job people are trying to make a living off of then they simply made bad life decisions and have to live with that because the only thing that will change their situation is getting an education and getting a career.

    November 14, 2013 at 2:31 am | Reply
  3. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "I'm a poster for what happened seeing your mom / Doing five dollars worth of work just to get a dime /
    So pardon my disposition / Why should I listen to a system that never listened to me?" (Jay Z, Get By)

    November 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply

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