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CLEVELAND - A group of demonstrators stood outside the Walmart on Brookpark Road in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon demanding the federal minimum wage be raised.
"We are out here in front of Walmart to draw attention to the fact that most workers in Ohio make at or near the minimum wage," said activist Anthony Caldwell. He was joined by about 100 people who marched onto Walmart property to have their voices heard.
"It's been years since Congress has raised the minimum wage and we are here to say that the federal minimum wage is not enough for a family to live in," said Monica Moran, who held a sign that read, "Live better avoid Walmart."
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which is just below the Cleveland minimum at $7.85.
When we reached out to Walmart for comment a spokesman said, "You can support a family in Ohio" working at Walmart.
He pointed out that in Ohio, a full-time, hourly employee who is non-management makes on average $12.69.
The Walmart spokesman went on to say that 75 percent of all store managers started off as hourly employees, while 75,000 part-time employees have moved to full time positions.
The Employee Policies Institute, a Washington-based organization said, "Minimum wage hikes kill jobs. Legislators paying attention to today's rallies should focus on lowering barriers to employment, rather than raising them."
"Our economy grows best when workers have enough money to spend in our small businesses. So by increasing the minimum wage we are able to spend more money out in the community, which helps small businesses grow."
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The gator stopped in the entryway, causing the automatic doors to open and close until employees locked them.
"The last thing I expected was to not have a job," said Kristopher Oswald, 30, who was fired from Walmart this week after he intervened to help a woman who was apparently being assaulted in the parking lot.
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