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“Secaucus 13” Protesters Arrested

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Secaucus, N.J. (MY9NJ.COM) -

13 protesters were arrested on Black Friday outside the Walmart in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The “Secaucus 13”, as they are being called, were part of a group of 200 protesters who gathered on Black Friday to fight against what they say is the inequality of the Walmart family.

One of the people arrested, Bill Perry said that Walmart wants cheap labor. “They want obedient wage slaves. They want people that will never raise any trouble about conditions, pay, the lack of pensions, the lack of health care, and they are most afraid of grievance procedures that unions put in place to mediate problems,” he said.

This group thinks the Walden’s are a little greedy, that they can allow their employees to do “collective bargaining for better treatment.” They say that WalMart workers are struggling for a living wage and dignity.

The average Walmart worker makes $7.50 an hour and even working full time they have to rely on subsidies like food stamps to survive.

To make it worse, Perry says the heirs of the Walton Empire are America’s richest family, worth more than $100 billion.

The “Secaucus 13” were arrested and held in the police station break room before being released shortly after. They are being charged with an extra fine of $256 each, which one of the main organizers United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union will pay.

“The paper is a basic summons, I understand the mayor is going to fine us, I don’t know what kind of sway the Mayor has with the Municipal Court, he probably has a lot, the basic charge is obstruction of a highway or a public space,” Perry said.

The union worked with the local police to insure that the protest would be peaceful, and the police were extremely reasonable, even after the “Secaucus 13” were taken to jail. Perry confirms that they were just handcuffed to chairs in the break room and they never saw a cell.

Walmart responded to the protest by saying, that by law workers have the rights to organize if they want.

A Walmart spokesperson went on to say that the average national wage at their stores is in fact $12.81 and in New Jersey it’s even higher at $13.81.


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