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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wal-Mart Braces For Black Friday Walkouts

A worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Walmart store in North Kingstown, R.I. in November 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

Wal-Mart is preparing for a possible employee walkout on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving – one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Organizers say they’re expecting about 1,000 of the 4,000 or so U.S. chain stores to be affected by the walkouts.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Wal-Mart officials are not worried, calling the walkout a “made for TV event.”

Wal-Mart has filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to intervene, saying the union supporting one of the Wal-Mart workers’ organizations is illegally interfering with Wal-Mart’s affairs.

Wal-Mart workers are not unionized and cannot collectively bargain.

The NLRB has said it will not make a decision until after the Thanksgiving holiday, effectively allowing the walkouts to take place.

Guest:

  • Gloria Goodale, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor.

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