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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 3:15:03 PM PST
http://abcnews.go.com/US/walmart-workers-threaten-strike-shoppers-ready-deals/story?id=17759705#.UKq804aCrfU

By BIANNA GOLODRYGA (@biannagolodryga)
Nov. 19, 2012

While bargain-hunting shoppers gear up this week for Black Friday, Walmart, the country's largest retailer, may be in for a blackout on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Walmart workers at 1,000 locations across the U.S. said they're angry that Walmart stores are opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and that they plan to strike to protest this holiday opening. In such cities as Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee and Los Angeles, workers could begin striking as early as today.

"We're just demanding respect," said Rosetta Brown, a Walmart employee.

Walmart said that 1 million associates would be working throughout the holiday weekend. "This is the Super Bowl for retailers and we're ready," Kory Lundberg, director of National Media Relations for Walmart, wrote in an email to ABCNews.com. "We've been working on our Black Friday plans for almost a year now, and we're prepared to have a great event. We respect the rights of our associates to express their views but if they are scheduled to work, we expect them to show up and do their job."
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Other retailers are also opening some stores on Thanksgiving Day. Target, for one, is opening to the public at 9 p.m. for its Black Friday sale. Sears will also open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, moved up from 4 a.m. on Black Friday last year. Kmart will be open Thanksgiving Day 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., then it will close and reopen at 8 p.m. Macy's, Kohl's and Best Buy open at midnight.

Meanwhile, Best Buy employees are firing up for the big day with training drills.

"This is what I live for," one salesperson told ABC News. "This is what I love to do."

In states like Wisconsin, California and Florida, shoppers have already started camping out, and some are even planning to eat Thanksgiving dinner while waiting in line.

"Mom comes out with the china and plates, and we have everything you'd have on a Thanksgiving table," one shopper said.

These early birds are ready to pounce on door-busting deals on the hottest holiday products from $78 flat-screen TVs at Walmart to $100 digital cameras at Target.

"Electronics are going to be huge again," retail expert Michelle Madhok told ABC News. "There's the iPad mini that everybody wants, the iPhone 5 and for the kids there's the Leap Pad 2, which is like an iPad for kids."

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All i got to say is, Power to the People!

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 3:23:46 PM PST
1#Elf says:
Soccer moms VS. Teenagers.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 3:40:38 PM PST
MrFoxhound says:
So people have to trample employees instead of other shoppers to get to the deals, what's the problem?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 4:54:52 PM PST
FOGE says:
I hope they do strike. Thanksgiving is one of the few days I get to see my extended family. I'd much rather eat food and watch football with my family than wait in line to spend money. Now cyber Monday.... :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 4:58:16 PM PST
PacinoBully says:
Your computer is planning on a strike.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 5:10:23 PM PST
Ed Jones says:
The sad thing is this is their best chance to get worker demands met, but it probably won't actually happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 5:53:25 PM PST
FOGE says:
Too much porn?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 7:08:07 PM PST
RJMacReady says:
Good for them. Some of these companies have no concern for anything other than profits. Let their people have a day off with their families.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 7:52:45 PM PST
FryBaby says:
So does that mean there will be two lines thursday night or one bigger one?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 8:04:05 PM PST
KrisCo says:
Remember when hostess employees went on strike?

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 10:59:05 PM PST
Frank says:
No one is forcing anyone to work at Wal Mart. Don't like their operating rules? Go work elsewhere. These employees are whiners

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 11:19:59 PM PST
Twishy says:
You're right no one is actually forcing them to work for WalMart. However you're missing something important. If you've never worked at WalMart you'll never understand how badly they treat their employees and you're forgetting that in most places WalMart has put everyone else out of business and there is nowhere else to go. But you're right. How awful of them to want to be treated like human beings.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:12:51 AM PST
WeScYdE says:
I heard that their union agreed to this so how can you complain now!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:20:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 5:24:17 AM PST
"If you've never worked at WalMart you'll never understand how badly they treat their employee"

They provide a steady wage with the expectation that their employees will actually show up when scheduled.....How terrible of them *limp wrist*.

My girlfriend will be working (nurses aide) a full shift on Thanksgiving so I see no reason why Walmart employees should feel so entitled.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:27:49 AM PST
RJMacReady says:
If you're working at Walmart, you probably weren't able to find work anyplace better.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:28:31 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
People, you have a job, don't ruin that. Go to work, shut up, and collect your paycheck. You get double time on Holiday's and I am sure that extra money can help your household.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:37:33 AM PST
WeScYdE says:
Actually I am pretty sure some places even do triple on a holiday like that one and who is eating at 8pm Anyway? By that time your done

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:39:35 AM PST
Cats Go Nyan says:
By 8pm? Passed out on the couch.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:48:37 AM PST
Ice King says:
I completely agree. I hope any retailer pulling this open on Thanksgiving crap takes a financial hit because of this.
Of course, rather than see it as a lesson to not do it again they'll most likely just cut employee benefits, pay, and hours to make up the lost revenue but at least we'll be able to trample each other to get one of 2 $50 TVs on Thanksgiving.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:51:57 AM PST
WeScYdE says:
I dont care honestly i have been away from my family on every holiday plenty of times because of my job! Deployed in another country, just normal job hours and work days etc so not going to get any sympathy from me on that one. We got a whole bunch of troops that wont be spending time with their families. Dont even say thats what they signed up for either because thats what you sign up for in any job things like this are part of the job sometimes you dont see the military striking because they will be deployed for TG, XMAS, NY

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:52:15 AM PST
Frankenzubaz says:
Does Walmart pays double-time on holidays?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:52:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 5:53:45 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Sometimes, I was once in retail and I worked both Thanksgiving AND CHRISTMAS (for 3-4 straight years). But I got paid double and I didn't complain.

People like to complain, when in fact they need the money for bills. But if they get fired for going on strike - they will just complain about not having a job.

Anyway you put it; complainers will complain about something all the time.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:54:39 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Am I crazy, or would it be unbelievably simple for Walmart to just boost holiday pay for Thanksgiving day to a level that would draw enough volunteer employees?

I mean Walmart employees aren't rich. They need extra money around this time of year. Some will value thanksgiving family time higher than the bonus money, some won't, problem solved.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:55:30 AM PST
GUEST!! says:
"People like to complain, when in fact they need the money for bills. But if they get fired for going on strike..."

Now, I'm not union, but if I understand correctly that is actually illegal.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 5:56:57 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Oh please.
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