Walmart warehouse worker Ben Lorber (L) and striking Walmart store employee Tyrone Robinson protest outside a Walmart store in Chicago, November 23, 2012. Black Friday, the day following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, has traditionally been the busiest shopping day in the United States. REUTERS/John Gress
By Jessica Wohl, Reuters
(Reuters) – Protesters demanding higher wages and better healthcare for hourly workers thronged to Walmart stores across the country, though there was no evidence they disrupted operations for the start of the crucial holiday shopping season.
OUR Walmart, an organization backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, said it expected employees in 100 cities to walk off the job on “Black Friday,” the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season that accounts for up to one-half of retailers’ profits.
At a Walmart on Chicago’s South Side, just one employee from the store’s nearly 500 staff took part in the demonstration, according to Wal-Mart Stores Inc,, the world’s largest retailer… Read More