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DC Area Walmart Workers to Join Black Friday Strike

Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.

Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant.

The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.)

The strike action follows a series of demonstrations last month at Walmarts across the country and around the region, including a walkout of 11 employees at Laurel's Walmart Supercenter.

Walmart has characterized the campaign as an attempt by unions to advance their own political agendas, arguing that it treats and compensates its employees well.

"We have some of the best jobs in retail," spokesman David Tovar told the New York Times in October. "Our full-time average wage is $12.54 an hour, which is $5.00 above the federal minimum wage."

SFBMoore November 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Guess What! I don't care what WalMart executives say.....I'm not shopping there until they treat their staff better. I sent an email directly to Walmart headquarters and told them exactly that....
Clarence Glynn Jr November 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I'll be there getting my 20 to 30 percent off on Black Friday sales. God bless CAPITALISM
AntonFisher November 14, 2012 at 02:26 AM
They don't need to work for Walmart. The problem is that people who work at Walmart can work at any comparable retail store, but they choose to work at Walmart and then complain. Weren't they aware of Walmart practice before they applied for a job? When the store proposed for Aspen Hill will open?
AntonFisher November 14, 2012 at 02:27 AM
They don't need to work for Walmart. The problem is that people who work at Walmart can work at any comparable retail store, but they choose to work at Walmart and then complain. Weren't they aware of Walmart practice before they applied for a job? When will the store proposed for Aspen Hill open?
jag November 14, 2012 at 06:17 AM
LOL, seriously, you must be the most anti-American person I've ever seen online. People protesting! How dare they!
Bill Hussein O'Stalin November 14, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Like most liberals Jag is too stupid to understand that what he is writing implicates him. One of your first rights as an American is free speech Frank so I have the absolute right to an opinion. That makes you the anti-American. Your ignorance is astounding but like most liberals you are wallowing in mud while dreaming you are squeaky clean.
Michael Theis November 14, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Jag, Bill Hussein O'Stalin, you're both getting a Patch time-out for resorting to name calling. Our terms of use clearly state that defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive language is not to be tolerated. Your accounts have been temporarily suspended. There are ways to debate the relative merits of unionization and big box retail without stooping to such childish rhetoric. If you have any questions about our terms of use, you can send me an email at Michael.Theis@Patch.com.
Ken Montville November 14, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I don't normally shop at Walmart. However, since I heard they are opening on Thanksgiving day at 8pm to begin their "Black Friday" shopping deals, I really don't want to shop at Walmart. There should be some days that stores close to allow their employees time to be with family and to honor a National holiday. What's next? Open on Christmas Day to grab those last minute gifts? I'm no a big fan of Chick-fil-a but they manage to stay closed on every Sunday to honor their religious values and they still run a profitable business. Walmart could at least stay closed on Thanksgiving day.
J. Medina November 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
DONT SHOP AT WALMART....just like they dont have a sense of consideration for their employees to allow apropiate time with their family on a family oriented holiday. That is the reason why the working class opposes them. They have no consideration for there employee to pay them a decent wage and provide decent benefits. But instead they keep most of there employees at part time level so they would not qualify for a benefit package and then tell the employee "thats what you pay medicare for" . When employees raise their voice the company starts to intimidate the workers as if this was the 1800's and people had no voice. Its time to show WALMART that the working class and Montgomery County residents are not going to put up with oppression, intimanation and harassment by company that has already made Trillions of dollare of our backs and the working class.
Noelie Angevine November 14, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It may also influence Walmart's treatment of the employees to join their protest. I am boycotting them because of their mistreatment. I will need to let them know why I don't shop there. I know it is very difficult for customers in Germantown to find other stores with similar prices so I don't judge the customers. I have heard that some of the employees have to use food stamps. What kind of insurance do they get? What does this view have to do with liberal or conservative views?
J. Medina November 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
They dont have any insurance. The insurance they offer the employees is to go and apply for MediCare.
Pachacutec November 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
To those saying "they don't need to work at WalMart." it's not always that clear-cut. Maybe the other stores aren't hiring as many people? Maybe the employees don't own a car and the Wal Mart is on a bus route they can use? Lots of other factors could be involved. That being said - I support these people in their fight for a living wage; they're out there TRYING to make a go of it and earn an honest dollar rather than sitting at home on govt. handouts, I think they deserve help.
J. Medina November 14, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Frank thanks....good looking out.
Joe November 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Gee, a union member hating on WalMart!? No way!
Joe November 14, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Unions suck the life form business. Ont he bright side, thanks to the UAW for bringing in robotics to manufacturing. Without unions robotics would have been a decade or more away form being economically feasible.
J. Medina November 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Joe, that's right a proud union member at that.... Unions are the live line of this country. They have fought for the very same benefits that you most likely benefit from. Such as overtime pay, safety on the job site, 40 hour work week, prevailing wages and list goes on and on. By the sound of it you probably never belong to a union and do not know a thing about what they do on the daily basis. So that make you a union hater. But yet reeping from the benefits they fought for.....So that actually makes you a hipocrite. And for your other comment about unions sucking the live out business. Your wrong too. Unions fight everyday for working people. You must think it's ok for business to step all over the workers, treat them like they are not human and pay them what ever amount they want if the business want to pay the workers. Well guess what my friend. Union will continue to fight for your fellow American workers. Ooh by the way If unions don't bring up the issue who will; You ??? Please. UNION YES. All day, every day !!!
DARIUS November 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Dont shop there Proud Union Member 639 MIGHTY TEAMSTERS
jnrentz1 November 15, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I find it unsettling that Walmart is open on Thanksgiving. I wonder what President Lincoln would say? Will I be shopping on Thanksgiving? No way! I will be with my family, and I hope you will too.
DARIUS November 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Target is doing the same
DARIUS November 15, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Yes sir, and if wal mart were union they would not be working, I work for ups and they never want to close and my Powerful union got us not only Thanksgiving but the day after.... UNION FIRST
Corbin Dallas Multipass November 15, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I think President Lincoln would be shocked by the sudden time travel, and then confused by the automobiles and mobile phones.
Ed James November 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Lincoln would probably say that he'd prefer "Final Thursday" over "Fourth Thursday".
Brian Ingram November 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM
But non union workers often get the life sucked out of them by billionaire business owners like the Walton family.

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