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DC Area Walmart Workers to Join Black Friday Strike

Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.

Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant.

The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.)

The strike action follows a series of demonstrations last month at Walmarts across the country and around the region, including a walkout of 11 employees at Laurel's Walmart Supercenter.

Walmart has characterized the campaign as an attempt by unions to advance their own political agendas, arguing that it treats and compensates its employees well.

"We have some of the best jobs in retail," spokesman David Tovar told the New York Times in October. "Our full-time average wage is $12.54 an hour, which is $5.00 above the federal minimum wage."

DARIUS November 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Target is doing the same
DARIUS November 15, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Yes sir, and if wal mart were union they would not be working, I work for ups and they never want to close and my Powerful union got us not only Thanksgiving but the day after.... UNION FIRST
Corbin Dallas Multipass November 15, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I think President Lincoln would be shocked by the sudden time travel, and then confused by the automobiles and mobile phones.
Ed James November 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Lincoln would probably say that he'd prefer "Final Thursday" over "Fourth Thursday".
Brian Ingram November 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM
But non union workers often get the life sucked out of them by billionaire business owners like the Walton family.

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