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Workers spend Black Friday protesting Walmart's Brown Thursday

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

On this Black Friday the group Atlanta Jobs with Justice is rallying in support of Walmart workers around the country who protest the company's Brown Thursday efforts.

They said many of the thousands of workers who were forced to work and not spend time with their families on Thanksgiving are living paycheck to paycheck and struggle to put food on their tables while the retail giant reaps millions of dollars in profits.

The group, led by Neil Sardana, met at the Walmart at Vine City at 10 a.m. where they held signs calling for a living wage for workers and read a letter to the store manager on the same topic.

"We're here to show that we support these workers across the nation who are frankly risking their jobs and standing up for something better," said Sardana.

From there the group went to the Walmart on Hewell Mill Road.

Other protests took part at Walmart stores around the nation, to highlight employees struggling for fair compensation and treatment.

They point to the recent food drive held by Walmart managers in Canton, OH, for struggling employees who had to work on Thanksgiving.

Walmart released a statement Friday that read, in-part:

"For our part, we want to be absolutely clear about our jobs, the pay and benefits we offer our associates, and the role retail jobs play in the U.S. economy. Walmart provides wages on the higher end of the retail average with full-time and part-time associates making, on average, close to $12.00 an hour. The majority of our workforce is full-time, and our average full-time hourly pay is $12.81 an hour. We are also proud of the benefits we offer our associates, including affordable health care, performance-based bonuses, education benefits, and access to a 401K."

David Tovar, Vice President, Corporate Communications

CBS Atlanta News did not see any actual Walmart employees taking part in the protests held locally.

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