Concerns over Black Friday walk-out of Walmart workers on the rise

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by Diane Duenez / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 6:41 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. The retail holiday is important to businesses, employees and consumers, and a perfect day to stage a labor dispute. 

Across the nation, Walmart employees are complaining they aren’t getting paid enough, and are getting disrespected.

Protests are already underway at several Walmarts nationwide after employees say they continue to have their hours cut and their benefits are too pricey to afford.

Walmart representatives say they aren’t expecting a walk-out in St. Louis, however.

“We don’t feel like that is going to happen here locally in St. Louis,” said Glenda Fleming Willis, Director of Operations at Walmart. “We have a great group of employees that have worked really hard and they have prepared for months for this event. “

Fleming Willis adds, “If there is a disruption we have done dry runs. We have a good safety plan in place to be prepared in case there was something to occur “

Some shoppers tell News 4s say they are concerned but understand the company’s stance.

Others say if Walmart is prepared for a strike, then clearly they knew something was wrong.

Walmart has filed a complaint with the national labor relations board in response to the threats of strike.

It accuses the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary, ‘Our Walmart,’ of unlawfully organizing picket lines and other demonstrations in the past six months.

We talked to a spokesperson for UFCW here in St. Louis. They tell us while they fully support the workers’ efforts, they are not behind the walk-out.

 

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