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In the second year of labor protests against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT), organizers are saying they expect protests and strikes at more 1,500 U.S. Walmart stores on Black Friday. The organization planning the protests is the Organization United for Respect at Walmart — or OUR Walmart — which is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).
At last year’s Black Friday protests, there were protest actions at about 1,200 stores involving approximately 30,000 people in 46 states.
According to OUR Walmart, the protesters and strikers are demanding an end to illegal retaliation and a commitment from Walmart to improving working standards, such as giving workers more full-time jobs paying at least $25,000 a year. That works out to about $12 an hour, still below the $15 an hour that workers at McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) sought earlier this year.
On Monday the National Labor Relations…
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