Shopping for Fair Wages on Black Friday

SEA First Vice President Ken Roos poses for a photo with his brother-in-law Dave outside the Tilton Walmart on Black Friday.

SEA First Vice President Ken Roos poses for a photo with his brother-in-law Dave outside the Tilton Walmart on Black Friday.

For some, Black Friday shopping has become a tradition. For others, protesting on that day has become a tradition.

Ken Roos, the SEA’s first vice president, is in the latter category.

“I have stood with Walmart workers each Thanksgiving Friday for the past few years, regardless of where our family gathers,” Roos said.

This year, Roos was joined by his brother-in-law at the Walmart in Tilton. He said there were eight people there protesting, though there were no Walmart employees.

“Many are forced to work on this day, with no incentive pay, and low wages to begin with,” Roos said.

The issue of low wages led to protests all over the country on Black Friday, as part of the “Fight for $15,” which seeks a $15 living wage for workers. Roos said that protesters, not surprisingly, were not welcome outside the store. As they were being escorted off the property, Roos said he asked the manager what the starting wage was at the store.

“Then I asked if he knew that one member of the Walton family makes as much as 450,000 public school teachers,” Roos said.

If you support the Fight for $15, you can sign on here.

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