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"We're hoping that we'll get more of a united front among Walmart workers so we can gain some respect, a better living wage so that we're not draining society of funds from Medicaid and food stamps," said Susan Gulick, a former Walmart worker in Simpsonville, S.C.
Gulick, who participated in the New York City protest Thursday and was subsequently arrested, told Al Jazeera she was fired from Walmart for "standing up and being an activist."
Still, Gulick said she hopes to get her job back, even though she's not sure it's a likely scenario.
"I don't know whether they would take me or not, because they were trying to make me quit. They tried to break my soul," she said.
Walmart denies the labor organizers' charge that workers make minimum wage, saying that the average wage at the company is about $12 per hour, and that most employees work full-time and receive health insurance. Walmart also said that it had more than 85,000 workers who made $18 an hour or more.
Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for the company, said the workers allegedly fired for protesting the company were let go for attendance reasons.
"Many of these associates did not show up for work without any notice. It's pretty disrespectful to their co-workers, because it disrespects those who now have to pick up that extra work," Lundberg told Al Jazeera.
The National Labor Relations Board, which monitors labor practices and attempts at retaliation against workers who strike, says it is currently investigating 36 cases of alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act brought by Walmart employees.
Philip J. Victor contributed to this report.