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State Senator Kennedy joins Wal-Mart protest in Cheektowaga

Wal-Mart workers and their supporters used Black Friday to stage a series of protests outside stores nationwide, including one in the Buffalo area.  They blasted the low wages Wal-Mart pays as well as the way the retailer treats its employees.

State Senator Timothy Kennedy attended a protest outside the Wal-Mart on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.  Kennedy he said he stands with Wal-Mart workers "in their fight to be heard."  The Buffalo Democrat said they deserve "fair wages and a fair deal from their employer." 

Kennedy said as the state Legislature prepares its agenda for 2013, raising the minimum wage remains a priority in the Democrat-controlled Assembly. 

But the protests didn't keep shoppers away.  Wal-Mart officials said they had their best Black Friday ever. 

The retailer claimed the protests involved few of its own employees.