WORCESTER — Walmart and other employers need to pay better wages and give employees access to earned sick time, protesters said Wednesday at a rally in front of the retail giant's store on Tobias Boland Way.
About 35 people gathered at the entrance and advocated for higher wages and better working conditions, including access to earned sick time. Lily Huang of Quincy, a member of Jobs for Justice, the group that organized Wednesday's statewide rally, said polling for paid sick time actually rates higher with people than a hike in the minimum wage. She said people don't want to have to choose between going to work sick or not being able to pay their bills.
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said most Walmart employees getting paid a minimum wage is a common misconception.
In Massachusetts, he said, the average wage of a full-time hourly associate at Walmart is $13.86. He also noted that the majority of Walmart employees are full time.