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Walmart Workers Plan Black Friday Protests But Shoppers May Ignore Picket Lines

Walmart workers angry over low wages and Thanksgiving Day openings plan protests on Black Friday but shoppers might ignore the picket lines


Walmart workers angry over low wages, poor benefits and Thanksgiving Day openings, plan Black Friday protests but shoppers may end up ignoring their picket lines, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Employees at 1,000 Walmart stores are unhappy that the country's largest retailer is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The protests will include Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee, Wisc., and Los Angeles ABC News reported. The strike could start today.

"We're just demanding respect," said Walmart employee Rosetta Brown told ABC News.

“Shoppers in the parking lot will say ‘Oh, that’s terrible—OK, where do I get my discounted electronics,’” said Zev J. Eigen, an associate professor at Northwestern University School of Law. “That’s one of the big challenges for the labor movement. We’ll sign online petitions, but we won’t vote with our wallets.”

The United Food and Commercial Workers have tried to help organize workers in the past.

On Nov. 15, about 30 workers from six Seattle-area stores went on strike, Bloomberg reported. Walmart has 1.4 million employees in the United States alone.