Black Friday is taking on a new meaning for Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) as workers stage walkouts around the country, agitating for better wages, benefits, and work schedules.
Employee group OUR Walmart is behind the strike, a drastic step after more than a year of fighting Wal-Mart for respect and cooperation on labor relations, with no success.
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While it’s not yet clear how many employees around the country are participating in the strike, their actions are drawing widespread media attention as they coincide with the busiest shopping day of the year.
Known for Black Friday deals that draw large crowds, the company opened doors at Walmart stores at 8 p.m. on Thursday, drawing ire from employees required to come into work earlier than ever on Thanksgiving. But the holiday didn’t keep away strikers, who were out at 7:30 p.m. in Miami, where 30 workers from three stores went on strike, joining 100-plus supporters for one of several nighttime rallies around the country…