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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 Walpole 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 Northborough: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kirby November 21, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Good for them. I know an employee there and believe me, Walmart has no respect for its employees. One minor example is how they change an employee's schedule with barely a day's notice, regardless of whether or not it will affect a person's personal life. An employee may for example, have made arrangements with family or have made a doctor's appointment and to their surprise, the schedule was changed without their approval and now they have to cancel an app't. or visit. It's as though an enployee's life is supposed to be based around Walmart...and at MINIMUM wage to boot.

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