Black Friday Protesters to Take on Walmart This Week

The store, meanwhile, says it's ready for the holiday shopping event.

Large groups of labor and community workers are preparing to hold a Black Friday protest at several Walmart locations across the state this Friday, including the Salem branch of the store, according to an announcement from Jobs with Justice.  

Friday's action comes just a month after delegations of concerned customers spread to locations across Massachusetts to demand an end to the store's retaliation against its employees, according to JWJ. 

Workers began taking action at warehouses and retail stories nationwide in October, speaking out against low wages, unsafe working conditions and Walmart's attempts to slice workers' voices on the job. Strikes have reportedly taken place in California, Washington and Texas so far.

Meanwhile, Walmart has asked the National Labor Relations Board to halt any protests by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union triyng to disrupt its business this Black Friday week, according to Framingham Patch. The Walpole location of the store opened its doors on Tuesday, touting that it was ready for the holiday weekend, according to WGBH.

Protesters are expected to take to the following locations across Massachusetts on Friday, including the location in Walpole: 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m.
450 Highland Avenue, Salem

Friday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m.
780 Lynnway, Lynn

Friday, Nov. 23 - 11 a.m.
374 William S Canning Blvd, Fall River

Friday, Nov. 23 - 12:01 a.m.
121 Worcester Road, Framingham
*This event will include a light display at a nearby overpass/intersection 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 9 a.m.
70 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m.
180 North King Street, Northampton 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 11 a.m.
200 Otis Street, Northborough 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 1 p.m.
555 East Main Street, Orange 

Thursday, Nov. 22 - 11:45 p.m.
301 Falls Blvd, Quincy
*This event will include a light display at the store 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 1 p.m.
1180 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m.
1105 Boston Road, Springfield 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 10 a.m.
550 Providence Highway, Walpole 

Friday, Nov. 23 - 12 p.m.
25 Tobias Boland Way, Worcester

Jared Robinson November 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
They should go work at Target... Target had a giant sign out front that said "We will NOT be open on Thanksgiving per Massachusetts state law"
Mike November 22, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Retail used to be a viable and respectable option for those without college educations. My parents put three kids through college working retail. It's only been this last generation that can't make a living in retail. However, because the top brass pay themselves far more than they deserve, their workers are all being subsidized by our government. Most employees at Walmart get food stamps and state health care that we are paying for. So if you save ten bucks on something there, realize that your tax dollars are paying for these people to stay at the poverty line. When you complain about free government handouts then shop at Walmart you are a hypocrite.
looser1 November 22, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I am forced to go there gene...there a bunch of drama quenss and closet drunks...what's that red heads name again
looser1 November 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Walmart has great pastries ....I rather have the boxed stuff again than buy that nasty stuff at central bakery in peobody......
Carolyn Costain November 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
You picked a great name #1-looser, I don't work at Walmart but I do have a lot of compassion for the people that have to work there after feeling how hot it was in the Salem store, on a 90 degree day and the girl at the register looked like she was going to pass out from the heat. "I asked why the hell is it so hot in here" she said management was trying to keep cost down. It's not easy today for anyone to just quit there jobs with so many people out of work today. "Those workers need to pay bills to."


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