Bank employees in Los Angeles staged a protest Monday against low wages and what the group calls "improper working conditions."
The rally, organized by the Committee for Better Banks, a coalition of community labor groups, is looking to increase attention on unfair wages for branch employees, the lowest-paid workers who also have the most customer-facing roles. About 74% of U.S. bank tellers earn less than $15 an hour, earning an average of $25,000 annually.
Protesters are also seeking to highlight high-pressure sales goals and a lack of training that they claim prevent staff from adequately serving customers.
Dozens of bank tellers, personal bankers and call center workers were expected to attend the protest, said Renata Pumarol, a representative for New York Communities for Change. Community members were also asked to participate.
The march, which began at the JPMorgan Chase/BNY Mellon building, targeted major banks in the area, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp.
Pumarol framed the significance of Los Angeles, noting that the area has a significant number of residents who suffered foreclosures. The city also filed a lawsuit in May against Wells Fargo for allegedly opening unwanted accounts.