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

gene November 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
WalMart is evil!
Bill November 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Losers...Wal Mart is pro customer. If you don't like they way they treat employees, don't work there. This is about the dying union movement trying to get their greedy hands on these workers for the power and union dues.
jason wert November 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
That's kinda harsh concidering these people make min. Wage & don't receive any med. Benefits. You'd be pissed too if you worked for nothing. Pro- customer? I've never seen service so poor, I boycoted this company s yr. Ago, ill pay a little more in exchange for some respect & decent service
get a life November 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I agree...what's up with these workers...if you don't like the work then quit.....it's Walmart...a store...it's just a bunch of lazy people that's the good reason they are working in retail....go to college.
get a life November 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM
then quit...give back retail to the teenager....and college student.....and not to burned out junky that missed there chance........go to college
jason wert November 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
College doesn't get you much these days, I know plenty of people who went back to school & very few are working in they're field if at all. In this economy, just quitting isn't an option. Many of these workers are there because they were laid off from real work. & just to be clear I don't work there, never have. Walmart makes a fortune, I'm sure they can afford a few raises
gene November 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Ah the name calling. And you say THEY should go to college!
jason wert November 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Isn't that what patch is all about gene? Seems that way sometimes
Carolyn Costain November 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I don't blame them! Walmart cut people from full to part time ,,just to hire on more people so they can claim they are employing more people to make themselves look good. In the summer the store is so hot because they are to cheap to turn on the air conditioning, so their employee's suffer so don't the customers. I waited 20 minutes for a manager to help with a question about a food possessor and was so sick of waiting for help, I walked out and went to target where I was in and out in 10 minutes. I feel so bad for the people that work there. I don't blame them for any actions taken on their part against their employers!
looser November 21, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Hello..stop blaming Walmart...find a new job
looser November 21, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Stop blaming Walmart....get a job at local library...seems the overflow of wacky women score jobs there
John Merrett November 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The lemmings will show up Friday because ,...well, they don't even know. Walmart should put the deals online first, minimizing any craziness.
michael beaulieu November 22, 2012 at 12:38 AM
jason wert November 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Looser? Haha is that supposed to be loser? & who is the loser? I bet the walmart employees can spell
gene November 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
The greater the anonimity the greater chance for irresponsible and ignorant postings
gene November 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Guess "looser" hasn't been to the library lately
freedom November 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Walmart.rocks.....for all negitive opinion about Walmart...I hope you never show your shopping face there
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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