Wal-Mart protesters arrested

Police said 54 people were arrested for alleged failure to disperse at a Wal-Mart protest in Chinatown. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times / November 7, 2013)

Dozens of people were arrested Wednesday night during a protest to demand that Wal-Mart pay workers better wages. 

The protesters said as many as 825,000 Wal-Mart employees earn less than $25,000 a year. They accused the store of retaliating against workers who take part in labor activism.

The demonstration took place near the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Chinatown.

Officers arrested 54 people for alleged failure to disperse after an unlawful assembly was declared, said Los Angeles Police Det. Gus Villanueva.

The protest followed a demonstration Wednesday outside the Wal-Mart in Paramount.

After that protest, company spokesman Kory Lundberg said that Wal-Mart has seen such protests “over and over again,” despite the chain’s repeated assurances that its workers receive quarterly performance-based bonuses, have access to retirement and healthcare benefits and are given discounts on merchandise.

He said the company promotes 430 workers a day on average nationwide.  Wal-Mart has 13,000 associates serving more than 170,000 customers weekly in Los Angeles County, Lundberg said.

 

ALSO:

 

Immigration activists occupy congressman's Bakersfield office

Deadly tour bus crashes: NTSB chief slams oversight of companies

D.A.: Bell paid for mayor's hair plugs, councilman's weight-loss camp


Twitter: @LAJourno

robert.lopez@latimes.com