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CLAYTON, NC (AP) — North Carolina labor activists say they’re protesting the social cost of Walmart’s low prices.

Protests aimed at getting the retailing giant to pay more are planned Friday at Walmart stores in Raleigh and nearby Clayton as holiday shoppers crowd in looking for bargains. Activists say most Walmart workers earn less than $25,000 a year.

The National Labor Relations Board said this week a preliminary investigation backed complaints that the retailer unlawfully threatened California and Texas employees if they engaged in strikes and protests ahead of Black Friday last year.

The NLRB believes Walmart also illegally threatened, disciplined or terminated more than 100 employees in 13 states for participating in protests over wages and working conditions.

Walmart says it disagreed with the labor board and planned to defend itself.

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