Employees at 28 Walmarts in 12 different cities walked out of work Tuesday, but things may get a whole lot worse for the U.S.’s biggest retailer come Black Friday.
United Food and Commercial Workers’ Making Change At Walmart, the group behind the strikes protesting alleged unfair labor practices by Walmart, has warned that the campaign will come to a head on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s regarded as one of the biggest shopping days of the year, according to a conference call organized by the group Wednesday.
“We feel like if they refuse to listen to our proposition we will make sure that on Black Friday we will take action inside and outside of stores,” Colby Harris, 22, of Dallas, Texas, a Walmart worker and a member of OUR Walmart, a UFCW-backed worker organization closely affiliated with Making Change at Walmart. “We’ll make it known that Walmart’s deadline is Black Friday,” he added.
Indeed, the Black Friday protests could include any “non-violent action, from flash mobs to strikes to public awareness.”
The move would be unprecedented and could cause a major headache for the retailer on a day when consumers traditionally wait in long lines outside stores for the best deals. But the activists have proven they’re not afraid to break barriers. Before last Friday, no retail Walmart workers had ever gone on strike, United Food and Commercial Workers’ Making Change At Walmart told The Huffington Post.