Walmart trying to stop Black Friday walkout

November 19, 2012 3:10:09 PM PST
Walmart has asked the National Labor Relations Board to stop a planned walk-out by workers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The nation's largest retailer is trying to head off the Black Friday protest by a group called OUR Walmart, which is made up of current and former Walmart workers. It's a subsidiary of The United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Walmart - based in Bentonville, Ark. - faced a worker walk-out in October ahead of its annual investor meeting that expanded to about dozen states and involved about 90 workers. But union officials promise walkouts at hundreds of stores this week.

Walmart is accusing the labor union of illegally organizing picket lines and other demonstrations. A Walmart spokesman said the striking workers represent a very small minority of its more than one-million employees, and that the company is ready for the Black Friday shopping blitz.

Federal labor officials vowed Monday to decide quickly whether to support Walmart's request.

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