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Maryland City 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.

Several employees of the Laurel/Maryland City Walmart Supercenter 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 D.C. 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 the Laurel store.

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."

Shaka Zulu November 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
might not be the time to be staging things like this, to many people out of work and would be willing to take your job
Rsatteson November 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
They just need to get out of the way of shoppers who don't care that they are mad about their money and hours. $12.54 an hour? WOW! Not that it is great pay but it well above what I thought they were being paid.
J. Truijillo November 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Their average "full-time" wage may be 12.54 - but how many employees are actually considered full-time? My mom works at a Walmart and has been there for over 10 years; other than the head bosses, all of the other employees are lucky if they are scheduled to work 30 hours a week! And of course since they're not full-time - no health insurance for them either!
Polly November 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I agree! How many are currently out of work that would be happy to have a job at all? Some people just don't know when to give up. FYI do they even have a clue what those at UFCW Local 400 make in salary? What a waste of their union dues. Only lines the pockets of the union leaders.

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