Walmart, intent on casting the darkest shadow possible on Good Friday, is going to court to squelch worker protests planned for the day following Thanksgiving, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
Employees belonging to two worker groups pressing for higher wages, lower health care premiums and better working conditions, OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart, have said they are planning to strike near stores nationwide. They say they're upset that the company is ordering them to show up for work at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to open stores at 8 p.m. that night.
Walmart officials have filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which it claims is orchestrating the upcoming protests. The complaint requests that the National Labor Relations Board issue an injunction against employee protests at Walmart stores and warehouses. While Walmart workers are not allowed to join the UFCW or other unions, OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart are affiliated with the UFCW.