Black Friday Protest at NJ Walmart Calls for Higher Pay

Dozens of protesters rallied outside a Walmart in New Jersey on Black Friday to call for higher wages. 

Between 50-70 protesters, including union members and Occupy Wall Street activists, gathered in the parking lot at a Walmart in North Bergen.

About two dozen police officers were keeping the protesters 100 feet away from the store. 

The protesters are demanding that Walmart pay its workers $15 an hour and provide full-time work. 

The union-backed group Our Walmart says demonstrations were planned at 1,600 stores around the country. Organizers say workers started walking off the job on Wednesday and some staged a sit-down strike at a store in Washington, D.C.

Brooke Buchanan, a WalMart spokeswoman, played down the impact of the protests. She said past protests have focused on a handful of locations with a handful of workers.

"Perception is not reality in this case. We've seen this story before," she said.

New York Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman issued a statement in support of the protesters. 

"I’m proud to stand with them as they raise their voices to send an important message: No one who works full-time should have to struggle to feed their families," he said. 

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