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ATLANTA -- Black Friday shoppers at Walmart stores here in Georgia and across the country were greeted by protesters today.

Walmart employees and activists with "Jobs for Justice" took part in 1,500 protests nationwide calling for better treatment of employees.

Members of the "Atlanta Jobs with Justice" group marched outside the Howell Mill Rd. Walmart.

Walmart is the country's largest retailer making more than $17 billion in profits.

Demonstrators say Walmart's money should trickle-down to the people who work there.

Protesters told 11Alive, Walmart isn't the only retailer they're after, but say if they can get Walmart to pay higher wages, other stores will follow suit.

Walmart VP of Corporate Communications David Tovar issued a statement saying "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... Of course, we have entry-level jobs and we always will."

In a written statement to 11Alive, Walmart said to their knowledge, no Atlanta or Georgia associates participated in the protests.

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