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CINCINNATI – Local Walmart employees, along with state and locally elected officials, protested the national chain of retail stores for increased wages and more full-time employment.

The strike organized by UFCW Local 25 took place around 5 p.m. Monday at the Evendale Walmart located at 2801 Cunningham Drive.

The group of employees and community supporters asked for an end to what it states is retaliation for those employees who speak out against the company.

9 On Your Side reporter Natasha Williams attended the strike, where workers stood in front of Walmart carrying signs, trying to shed light on what they call "injustices" that they face everyday.

"Last year I made $10,000. That's it," worker Jamaad Reed said. "I did the math, I get a 50-cent raise every year, a dollar every two years, and to get out of poverty I would have to work 16 whole years at Walmart."

Specifically, workers demanded more full-time employees making more than $25,000 a year. UFCW Local 75 held a protest noon Monday at a Walmart in Montgomery County near Dayton, Ohio concerning the same issues.

One Walmart employee was satisfied with Walmart's pay.

"I think Walmart is very competitive with their wages," Tracie McIntosh said. "There's opportunities throughout the company for them to move up and make more money."

Walmart has made headlines about strikes across the country as Black Friday approaches in such online publications as Salon.com. On Monday, Salon reported truck drivers who deliver to Walmart and other retails planned a surprise strike on deliveries as well.

In 2012, thousands of Walmart workers and supporters protested on Black Friday.

In September of this year, an organized protest asking for higher wages was planned in 15 United States cities, according to USA Today.

Walmart released data showing 475,000 of its 1 million hourly employees earn at least $25,000 a year for full-time work, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
 

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