In recent weeks, a wave of small walkouts have hit Wal-Mart stores in at least 28 locations in 12 different states in a campaign to demand improved wages, more flexible hours and an end to what workers say are punishments–such as reduced shifts–handed out to workers seeking to organise themselves.
Those same workers are making plans to disrupt Wal-Mart’s operations on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.
Colby Harris, a full-time Walmart worker in Dallas, said that the action would involve demonstrations, strikes, leafleting and flashmob protests at stores all over the US. “We are going to do everything it takes to make sure change is made,” Harris said. Fellow Walmart worker Evelin Cruz, who works at a store in California, said that workers would see to educate the millions of shoppers who flock to stores to snap up bargain goods as part of the holiday celebrations. “We are in this process because Walmart does not want to come to terms with what is going on in their stores,” she said.