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Walmart protest could impact Black Friday shopping

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Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:40 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Nov 21, 2012 7:03 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: WalMart, Walkout, Baton Rouge area, WBRZ

PLAQUEMINE- A scheduled strike at the Wal Mart in Plaquemine could impact Black Friday shoppers. The strike could cause employees to walk off the job during one of the busiest shopping times of the year for the nation's largest retailer.

Workers across the nation are upset over low pay and higher health care costs. They also complain about poor treatment. Many of the workers we spoke to at the store in Plaquemine acknowledged the national complaints, but could not talk on camera.

A union-backed employee coalition called "Making a Change at Walmart" is behind the strike.

Some shoppers are standing behind the employees decisions to stand up for themselves.

"I have some personal experience with clients that have been treated poorly working for the company, basically Walmart turning back on them when they needed them," JP D'Alpor said.

Other shoppers weren't amused with the scheduled strike.

"I work every Thanksgiving," Tommy Daigle said. "I'm on call where I work. You gotta do what you gotta do if you want to work...times are hard. If you want a job you gotta work."

Managers at a store in Baton Rouge say regardless of what some employees are planning, they are ready for customers.

"We went into a lot of preparations to make sure not only the event is successful for sales but for the standpoint that customer safety is first and foremost, planning since July for this one event," Harris Reams said.

If you would like to see a list of stores with scheduled strikes, click here.

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