Hello Black Friday: Walmart Employees Plan Protests On Year's Busiest Shopping Day

If you plan to shop at Walmart the day after Thanksgiving, expect more drama than the usual Black Friday dispute over who has dibs on the latest and greatest piece of cheap Chinese crap. Employees at the world's largest retailer plan to picket over 1,000 stores to protest their employer's treatment of them.

 

Why should Americans care that Walmart screws its workers? Near half are forced to live off public assistance because their employer won't pony up money for health care benefits let alone living wages. 

 

The bitterest pill to swallow from all this? Over 70 percent of products available at the retail giant is imported from CHINA. Furthermore, according to the Economic Policy Institute, Walmart's trade deficit with the communist nation from 2001 (when the dragon first entered the World Trade Organization) to 2006 cost nearly 200,000 U.S. jobs. 

 

Yet, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart employees organized through the group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) plan to raise a little hell and get their opinions heard. 

 

The retailer tried to stop them, filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit with the National Labor Relations Board but not fast enough to stop planned protests on Friday.

 

Wal-Mart, understandably, is downplaying the proposed action, claiming it'll be limited to "a handful of associates, at a handful of stores scattered across the country," company spokesman David Tovar told NBC News via email. 

 

That the retailer is even wasting its breath indicates a concern that the proposed protests could tarnish its already tarnished reputation. 

 

Said Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Paul Osterman to NBC News: “The fact that Wal-Mart is responding to this shows that they share the perception that this is not good for them.” 

 

Be sure to buy American this holiday season. Show your loved ones that you care. Repeat after us: No more cheap Chinese crap. 

 

Read all about it: http://nbcnews.to/UTkrJn.