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TODAY   |  September 05, 2013

Walmart workers to protest for higher wages

Some Walmart workers and supporters are expected to protest today in 15 cities across the country, vying for higher wages, starting at 13 dollars an hour. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>> to a massive protest planned today against the nation's largest private employer, walmart . nbc's kerry sanders is at a super center in miami garden, florida. kerry, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the planned demonstrations are part of a string of protests nationwide by employees who say they feel they're being treated unfairly. the protests here today, as you noted, at the nation's largest private employer, walmart . today's rallies are being billed by organizers as the largest since black friday back in november when several thousand people turned out at walmart stores to demand higher wages and better working conditions can. today's protests also include demands that workers allegedly fired or disciplined for participating in demonstrations be reinstated. the protest by walmart workers and groups backed by labor unions are planned for 15 cities across the country. the protest group, our walmart s demanding the company pay a minimum wage of $13 an hour. walmart says its full-time workers already make $12.40 an hour, but independent research, ibisworld, says the real figure is more like $8.81. in a statement, walmart says a handful of union orchestrated media stunts made up of primarily union members and activists don't represent the views of the vast majority of the 1.3 million associates who do work for walmart . walmart is a nonunion workplace. union supporters in the company have been trading allegations for years. savannah, willie?

>> all right, kerry sanders , thank