WUOMFM

Protesters join shoppers at Black Friday sales in Michigan

Nov 28, 2014

Black Friday is attracting shoppers and protesters.

Picketers stand outside of a Lansing area WalMart on Black Friday
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Picketers stood outside more than a dozen Michigan Wal-Mart stores this morning.

Marilyn Coulter is with the Coalition of Labor Union Women.    She says this is “RED Friday” for minimum wage workers in Michigan.

“Because they’re in the red because they’re working and they are not getting paid enough money to be able to live and feed their families,” says Coulter. 

The state of Michigan recently increased its minimum wage, but not enough to satisfy protestors.

Other activists are calling for a boycott of all Black Friday shopping.

That's to protest the recent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.  

The grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.