Black Friday, which is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, may come with serious problems for Walmarts nationwide if a grassroots campaign calling for the store's workers to strike comes to fruition.
Making Change at Walmart, a campaign aimed at organizing and strengthening the work force the world's largest private employer, is organizing events for Nov. 23 at Walmart stores nationwide to speak out about issues with pay, worker intimidation and retaliation and scheduling issues.
According to the Corporate Action Network, an organization partnering with Making Change at Walmart in an attempt to make the strike go viral, Black Friday protests are planned at nearly two dozen Walmart and Walmart Supercenter locations throughout the D.C. metro area. It includes stores in Alexandria, Annapolis, Manassas, Gaithersburg, Laurel, Woodbridge and many others.
The campaign, which is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, already has more than 26,000 supporters on Facebook as well.
"It's not like Walmart is financially hurting," Dan Schlademan, the director of Making Change at Walmart, said on a conference call last week, according to the Huffington Post. "It's not like they're not making unbelievable sums of money. The price of this is really decimating an important family day in our country."
Walmart has dozens of stores in the greater Baltimore and Washington D.C. metro areas. The chain is set to open its first six stores within the District of Columbia as well.