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Florida Walmart employees go on strike for employee rights

Though many consumers may anticipate the sales that come along with Black Friday, many workers often dread the day. In many cases, workers must work long hours and contend with dense crowds of people who are attempting to get what they believe is a good deal. As a result, some employees feel that their compensation is not adequate enough and that their employee rights are being overlooked.

Many Walmart employees across the country, including in Florida, once again chose to go on strike during the recent Black Friday event. Many of the workers feel that their hourly rate does provide a living wage, and as a result, they wish to draw attention to what they feel is a violation of their rights. Many of the employees who were planning to strike mentioned that they often rely on government assistance in order to provide for their families.

Workers are also concerned with the fact that they are often not allowed to work full time. By not being a full-time employee, workers often do not receive benefits. Some workers began their strike days before the Friday event.

Making a living wage is the hope of many employees, and when workers are denied full-time work and compensated with low wages, they may feel that their employee rights are being undermined. The Walmart employees involved in this case may feel that the strikes are helping their cause to gain better wages and other benefits. However, some Florida workers may wish to look into further legal action to determine whether additional strategies could be helpful.

Source: motherjones.com, "Walmart Is Seeing Its Biggest Black Friday Protests Ever Today", Josh Harkinson, Nov. 28, 2014

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