Walmart workers set Black Friday strike
Walmart store and warehouse workers began walking off the job Wednesday, in California and Washington state, to protest the company's efforts to silence workers seeking better pay and benefits, a workers group said.
Protests will hit 1,000 Walmart stores leading up to and on Black Friday, November 23, the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) said in a statement yesterday.
The campaign will hit cities from Chicago and Los Angeles to Dallas and Miami, and include rallies, flash mobs and online actions "to inform customers about the illegal actions that Walmart has been taking against its employees."
It was not clear how many people would take part in the labor action; Walmart's workers do not belong to unions and the company has long been an opponent of allowing them to do so.
The labor action comes after Wal-Mart Stores announced last week it would move up its Black Friday sales to Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, one of Americans' most cherished and family-focused holidays.
Special in-store discount events will start at 8:00 pm (0100 GMT Friday) on November 22, while "customers can get a jump start on shopping" starting early on Thanksgiving Day, Walmart said.
Last year the discount chain opened for the first time at 10:00 pm on Thanksgiving, along with other retailers that pushed the annual sales frenzy earlier to
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