Black Friday Strikes : Walmart Employees Protesting Black Friday Hours

Black Friday Strikes : Walmart Employees Protesting Black Friday Hours

Walmart workers plan to strike on Black Friday, Some aggrieved Walmart workers and their advocates have a slew of grievances. And for the third year in a row, they will air them on one of the busiest shopping days: Black Friday.

Protesters are expected to gather outside 1,600 Walmart stores across the country as the retailer launches doorbuster deals.

Workers will protest what they say are company efforts to silence employees who are standing up for better jobs at the company.

Supporters will call on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to raise pay to a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent full-time work. Most company workers earn less than $25,000 a year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Black Friday protests have been held against Walmart stores for a number of years, but California Labor Federation leaders hope this one will set records. It’s unclear how many people showed up at a local Black Friday strike in 2012. Labor unions have been unsuccessful in organizing any Walmart stores in the U.S., but have tried to do so for years.

“We respect their right to speak their minds,” Wal-Mart spokesman Bao Nguyen, said Tuesday at a separate media event in West Sacramento. “It’s unfortunate they chose this time.”

Nguyen doesn’t think worker strikes will affect customers, though. “They’re going to have a great experience inside our store,” he said.