Several Milwaukee-area Walmart stores are among those where some employees plan to protest working on Thanksgiving – and other concerns – by walking off the job as the holiday shopping season begins this week, a union spokesman said Tuesday.
Marc Goumbri, an organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, said he couldn’t disclose the locations of the Walmarts marked for protest because the workers didn’t want to alert management or be subject to intimidation. But he confirmed metro Milwaukee was among big cities targeted for employee strikes on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
“Several locations,” Goumbri said Tuesday when asked which Milwaukee-area sites would be involved.
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, kicks off the Black Friday holiday shopping surge by opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, a move the union-back organization OUR Walmart contends shows disregard for employees and their families. OUR Walmart, formed in 2010 to press the company for better working conditions, is made up of current and former Walmart workers.