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Walmart Workers Threaten Strike on Black Friday

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October 19
5:22 PM 2012

In an effort to make the retail giant feel  their pain, Walmart workers have threatened to strike on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, if their demands for better working conditions, wages and benefits are not met.

Dan Schlademan, director of the "Making Change at Wal-Mart" campaign, told The New York Times earlier this week that employees are considering a protest the Friday after Thanksgiving.

On October 9, Walmart workers in 12 cities walked off their jobs, according to Forbes, in the first-ever strike for the 50-year-old company.  That amounted to just 88 workers, Salon.com reported, although they represented Chicago, Dallas, the DC area, Miami, Orlando, Seattle, and cities across California

A spokesperson for the National Organization of Women said that Walmart has a long history of unequal pay for women, and that the organization would stand behind the Black Friday strike. 

Other organizations have also pledged to join the protests against Wal-Mart.

"It's no secret that the unions want to organize our associates," said Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar to HLNtv. "These protests are union-led and union-funded by unions that are trying to further their own political and financial agenda"

Walmart owns more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries and two million associates worldwide. It is the U.S.'s largest private employer, with 1.4 million associates.

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