Walmart Workers Walk Out, Plan Black Friday Protest
Chain insists protestors represent a very small portion of its workforce
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 16, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Updated Nov 18, 2012 1:17 PM CST
In this Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 photo a woman pushes a shopping cart away from the entrance of a Walmart store in North Kingstown, RI.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Workers at a number of Walmart stores walked out yesterday, in the first salvo of a larger series of strikes planned in response to the retailing giant's plan to begin its Black Friday festivities on Thanksgiving. At least 30 workers at six Seattle-area stores went on strike yesterday, the Guardian reports. That may not sound like much, but organizers expect 1,000 separate protests to occur on Black Friday, they tell CNN Money.

The Black-Friday protest comes on the heels of a string of strikes last month, and another strike remains ongoing at part of Walmart's warehouse supply chain in California. Workers are upset about a host of issues, including low pay, too few hours, and alleged retaliation against workers who speak their minds. Walmart says the strikers represent a tiny portion of its 1.3 million-strong workforce, but labor experts say the protest could still prove significant. "Their campaign in front of stores could discourage shoppers," one points out.

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Nov 20, 2012 9:55 AM CST
Nov 20, 2012 6:56 AM CST
Wage slaves unite! I won't patronize Walmart,myself.It's way too crowded! Target and Kmart, good.
Nov 19, 2012 10:11 PM CST
Walmart has had and still has international problems in Mexico,India, and everywhere else they have exploited workers and nations laws. Their fight to stop the unions from organizing in their stores around the world is taxing there resouces and their bottom line. The hand writing is on the walls around Walmarts international holdings. Governments and Unions are after their ass for corruptive practices and employe exploitation. I know you will see a much different Walmart in the next four years. This refrain comes to mind. This land is my land, this land is your land...........I can here you Woody this land is awakening again.