STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Union-organized protests have occurred outside a Detroit-area Wal-Mart store during the traditional kickoff to the holiday buying season.
AFL-CIO spokeswoman Sara Wallenfang says about 100 people participated Friday at the Sterling Heights Wal-Mart, north of Detroit.
Critics want the retailer to pay workers at least $25,000 per year and offer more full-time jobs. Wallenfang says a petition was given to a store official. The protest was one of many planned around the country.
Wal-Mart has been a target for protests against holiday hours. Most Wal-Mart stores are open 24 hours, but it started sales events at 6 p.m. Thursday, two hours earlier than usual.
Wal-Mart says it's received good feedback from employees about working the holiday.