Maryland Walmart Workers to Join Black Friday Strike

Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.

Employees of Walmart and Sam's Club locations across Maryland are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant.

The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

In Maryland, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.)

Organizers are also trying to drum up interest to hold demostrations in other locations, including Owings Mills, Columbia, Ellicott City, Hanover and Eldersburg.

The strike action follows a series of demonstrations last month at Walmarts across the country and around the region, including a walkout of 11 employees at Laurel's Walmart Supercenter.

Walmart has characterized the campaign as an attempt by unions to advance their own political agendas, arguing that it treats and compensates its employees well.

"We have some of the best jobs in retail," spokesman David Tovar told the New York Times in October. "Our full-time average wage is $12.54 an hour, which is $5.00 above the federal minimum wage."

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Mike Toohey November 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
It's an abomination that these retailers are opening on Thanksgiving. The idiots who run out to fight over this a discounted cheap junk are just as much to blame as the stores. Life is not all about the almighty buck. Every time I think this country has sunk as low as it’s going to they come up with one more way to show me I was wrong. Maybe it’s just my perception but it seems to me that Wal-Mart is always the one leading the race to the bottom. So much for this Holiday being about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks for each other and our blessings.
Momofmany November 15, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Let's just subsidize all retail with federal $$$ that we don't have? What is the solution. We already put manufacturing out of business with union backed high wages so where will we shop when the Wal-Marts are defeated by the liberal agenda? Oh yes no problem we will just build a bridge/tunnel to China which will allow unemployed scientists, engineers and skilled tradesman to work as common laborers under another "economic stimulus" program. Perhaps we can supply the power with products from "Selendra". Let's all enjoy what the harvest will reap over the next four years! Oh, by the way forget about shopping at the Ma/Pop stores that remain? Sick leave mandates will take care of them!
Buck Harmon November 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
While things are certainly out of balance...like nature, balance will once again be achieved....not the end of the world.....yet..
michael mooney November 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
minimum wage was never designed to be a living wage. It was established to remove an employers ability to decide to simply not pay an employee if he so chose to do so. It will make no difference to the wage earners buying power to raise the minimum wage. The minimum wage is simply the bottom rung of the pay ladder. Every time that rung is raised so to is the top rung and the persons making the new "higher" minimum are still at the bottom. The only way to make more than minimum wage is to garner an employable skill that commands more money and skip a few rungs on the ladder.
Nick November 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Let walmart raise the prices of the products and you 'll see they wont need as many employees ... and there will be less people getting more pay ...


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