• Protestors picket at Orlando Walmart on East Colonial Drive


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Protestors spent Thursday picketing at an Orlando Walmart store as part of a national day of protest against the corporation's pay practices.

    The group formed at the Walmart on East Colonial Drive, though some said employees were fired for participating in similar protests.

    A few of the protestors who were blocking traffic were taken into custody by Orange County deputies.

    Angela Williamson claims she was fired for participating in a Black Friday protest and that she barely made ends meet while with the company.

    Williams and other protestors are calling for the company to raise its minimum salary to $25,000, but the CEO has argued that less than 1 percent of all Walmart employees make minimum wage and employees who were fired missed scheduled shifts to protest without notifying managers.

    However, employees at the East Colonial location said Walmart is a great place to work.

    "I think it's unfortunate that people can see that persona of Walmart. I think Walmart is fantastic. They've always been very good to me, they've always worked with me for what I need," said employee Chelsi Brown.

    "I think that the pay is really good, you know," said employee Zina Orona. "I tell people, 'You wouldn't believe what you can make at Walmart.' You don't know until you're actually in here, but I think the pay is excellent."

    Despite the national outcry, the East Colonial store was packed with customers, Channel 9's Karla Ray said.

    It's also a busy month for the location, as students at the nearby University of Central Florida recently returned to class.

    Channel 9 found that Walmart has nearly 98,000 employees in Florida, including an estimated 13,000 in the Orlando area and that the average full-time associate makes $12.98 an hour, close to $27,000 per year.

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