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Unions, workers may target some Wisconsin stores for Black Friday demonstrations


UNDATED (WSAU)   At least some Walmart stores in Metro Milwaukee are expected to be the targets of employee protests, either on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

Marc Goumbri of the United Food-and-Commercial Workers union tells the Journal Sentinel that several Walmarts will have protests in southeast Wisconsin – but he wouldn’t say which ones. The world’s largest retailer plans to begin its Black Friday sales at eight on Thanksgiving night. A worker rights’ group called “Our Walmart” says it shows a disregard for employees and their families on the holiday.

The protests began in California last Wednesday. In response, Walmart has accused the union of engaging in unfair labor practices – and it has asked the National Labor Relations Board for an injunction to halt the protests. Among other things the company says the United Food group is trying to push its will on stores that don’t hire members of the union.

Protest leaders say up to a-thousand Walmarts could have picketers on Black Friday. The company’s Kory Lundberg says it will not have any impact on the stores’ plans for the holiday period.