Wal-Mart Employees Plan Holiday Strike

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Black Friday may give Wal-Mart a black eye, since employees are threatening to walk out over pay disputes.

Black Friday’s still a month away, but here’s one store you may want to avoid that day: Walmart.

Why? Because there may not be anybody at the store to ring up your purchase. The Christian Science Monitor reports the workers are threatening to walk out on the biggest shopping day of the year…

On Oct. 4, 71 employees in and around Walmart’s Pico Rivera, Calif., store in the Los Angeles area participated in a day-long strike that spread to several metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C, according to the Making Change at Walmart campaign. Additionally, a group of workers staged a protest outside Wal-Mart Inc.’s Bentonville, Ark,, headquarters during the company’s annual investors meeting.

That wave of protests culminated in the Black Friday ultimatum: Walmart listens, or the workers walk. “It would be chaos in the stores,” says Evelin Cruz, a manager in the photo department at the Pico Rivera store. She’s been with Walmart 8-1/2 years and makes $13.20 per hour. “Last year, our store alone made $1.2 million in sales [on Black Friday]. They would lose out on this.”

The company also faces a lawsuit alleging it broke minimum wage and overtime laws by making temporary workers show up early and work through lunch breaks.

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