Wal-Mart Not Worried About Worker Protests
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO A union-backed group is expecting thousands of Wal-Mart workers around the U.S. to picket the nation's largest retailer on Black Friday, but it's unclear how widespread the effort will be in San Diego.
The pro-union group Our Walmart expects a robust turnout of current employees for the informational picket. They are trying to raise awareness about retaliation against Wal-Mart associates.
The retailer had hoped to block the protest on Black Friday, but legal challenges won't be decided in time.
The company concedes there are some unhappy workers, but they say they are clearly in the minority.
"And we encourage them to take them to their managers, our open door policy is always there, but I have to say this is a very small percentage of our associates," said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Rachel Wall. "We employ more than 72,000 people in the state of California, 1.3 million people nationally, and the majority of our associates are looking forward to Black Friday sales. They are looking forward to the holiday season."
Wall said local Wal-Mart stores will be open on Black Friday and all advertised weekend sales will go forward as planned.