Demonstrators plan to protest at 1,500 Wal-Marts across the country Friday including one in the Sacramento area. Unions are being blamed for organizing the protests -- but one local Wal-Mart worker says she's just looking to change her working conditions.
Marj Hooten works at the Wal-Mart in Placerville.
"What we believe in is a better Wal-Mart: a Wal-Mart that gives us a living wage, health care that we can afford and set schedules so we can spend time with our families," Wooten said.
Hooten, who's 53, says she went to work for Wal-Mart when her business went under whrn the recession hit in 2008.
"I had no choice after my divorce to go to work for Wal-Mart. I make less than $1,000 a month and I can't afford their health care," she said.
Hooten says she just signed up for Medicaid, and says many of her co-workers also receive some sort of government assistance.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Marj Hooten works at the Wal-Mart in Roseville, she actually works at the Wal-Mart in Placerville.