Wal Mart Workers Are Planning a Black Friday Strike Nationwide
As heard on the most music morning show around eight am this morning, Kristine and I were talking about the anticipated Wal Mart employee strike slated for Black Friday. Walmart workers have started to walk off the job as of last week in Southern California and Seattle protesting low wages, rising healthcare premiums, and a dis-satisfaction with management.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek
The workers, who are part of a union-backed employee coalition called Making Change at Wal-Mart, say this is the beginning of a wave of protests and strikes leading up to next week’s Black Friday. A thousand store protests are planned in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., the group says. Walmart plans to open stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Employees said they weren’t given a choice as to whether they would work on Thanksgiving and were told to do so with little warning
Wal Mart workers here in Utica who are part of the union have been warned, “Don’t strike on Black Friday” Wal Mart has issued a statement saying that their workers are expected to do their job. Perhaps the biggest complaint from their workers is the lack of health insurance provided. Here is the story from ABC News.
Did you know there are about 1.4 million people working Walmart? They are the largest private employer in the Unites States. If there’s a strike, where will you shop? Does hearing employee complaints make you want to shop somewhere else? Have you worked at Walmart and if so, was is a good experience or bad?