Will Walmart Employees Strike This Week?
Walmart employees are not happy. They are threatening a strike this Thanksgiving evening and Black Friday. Might you better get your turkey early?
There are several indicators that this could be a rough weekend for the chain. Here are the facts presented by Dial Global.
- Protesting low wages, spiking healthcare premiums, and alleged retaliation from management, Walmart workers started to walk off the job last week in Southern California and Seattle
- 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
- With 1.4 million US workers, Walmart is the U.S.’s largest private employer