While Thursday's protests around the U.S. by Wal-Mart workers and their supporters were, as MSNBC's Ned Resnikoff put it, "muted," they have been followed by a grand statement and plan from labor organizers: For the second year in a row, Wal-Mart will be hit by a wave of strikes on the busiest shopping day of the year.
As our friend Josh Eidelson reported for the Nation:
Walmart workers will mount what may be the biggest-ever US strike against the retail giant. In an e-mailed statement, a campaign closely tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers union promised “widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. A Black Friday strike last year, in which organizers say over 400 workers walked off the job, was the largest and highest-profile action to date by the union-backed, non-union workers’ group OUR Walmart, and the largest US strike in the company’s five-decade history.
Last year's Black Friday strikes saw workers walk off the job along the retail giant's supply chain in 100 U.S. cities.