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Walmart workers and allies march in Maryland on Black Friday 2012.
Hundreds of people march to a Laurel, Maryland, Walmart.
Actions are taking place this Black Friday at Walmart stores across the country to protest Walmart's wages, working conditions, and practice of worker intimidation and retaliation. Josh Eidelson reports:
Walmart stores opened at 8 PM, drawing additional ire from employees required to come into work on Thanksgiving earlier than ever. But workers’ protests got off to an early start too. Around 7:30 PM EST, 30 workers from three Miami stores went on strike, joining 100-plus supporters for one of several nighttime rallies across the country. “It’s been so long that I’ve been working for people that had no respect for me,” Miami striker Elaine Rozier told The Nation. “They retaliated against me, and they always treated me like crap. And I’m so happy that this is history, that my grandkids can learn from this to stand up for themselves.” In the past, said Rozier, “I always used to sit back and not say anything…I’m proud of myself tonight.”

At 9:45 PM CST, workers struck and rallied with supporters outside a store in Dallas; OUR Walmart says that the peaceful crowd was dispersed by police. When workers walked off the job in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the group says that managers kicked customers out of the store on the mistaken assumption that they were there to protest. Workers are also on strike in San Leandro, California, and Clovis, New Mexico. Stores in Ocean City, Maryland; Orlando, Florida; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana each have a single worker out on strike. In St. Cloud, Florida, Walmart associate Lisa Lopez was joined by Congressman-Elect Alan Grayson as she walked out on strike.

Walmart strikers in Duarte, California, on Black Friday 2012.
Duarte, California
7:46 AM PT:
In Kenosha, WI, #Walmart managers kicked customers out of the store on the assumption that they were protesters. #walmartstrikers
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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:02 AM PST.

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