Wal-Mart workers and their supporters used Black Friday to stage a series of protests outside stores nationwide, including one in the Buffalo area. They blasted the low wages Wal-Mart pays as well as the way the retailer treats its employees.
State Senator Timothy Kennedy attended a protest outside the Wal-Mart on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Kennedy he said he stands with Wal-Mart workers "in their fight to be heard." The Buffalo Democrat said they deserve "fair wages and a fair deal from their employer."
Kennedy said as the state Legislature prepares its agenda for 2013, raising the minimum wage remains a priority in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.
But the protests didn't keep shoppers away. Wal-Mart officials said they had their best Black Friday ever.
The retailer claimed the protests involved few of its own employees.