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Walmart Protests Return To Dayton

Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials. Nov 2013
Jerry Kenney
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WYSO

A protest is coming to the Dayton Walmart on York Commons Wednesday as part of a week of protests and employee walkouts at Walmart stores around the country. Walmart workers and supporters of a living wage increase by the retail giant will be joined by State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-28). She believes an across-the-board wage boost would help struggling families.

“We’re talking about a living wage,” says Pillich. “We’re making sure that people at Walmart and other places in Ohio, can earn enough money and get enough work hours to support their families.”

 

Critics of minimum wage increases say mandatory raises are bad for the economy and force employers to cut jobs.

 

At the rally, Pillich says she’ll also continue to push for the Ohio Equal Pay Act — a bill she says would “help end gender discrimination in pay [for] American families who count on women as a sole or co-breadwinner.” Rep. Pillich is currently campaigning against incumbent Republican Josh Mandel to become Ohio's state treasurer.

 

This week’s national protests are focused on women and mothers who work at the superstore, and they’re timed with Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting Friday. The last Dayton-area Walmart protest highlighted accusations that the store had retaliated against workers who protested wages and business practices, claims the store has denied.

 

 

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.