Black Friday protests come to Northboro and Worcester Walmarts

On Black Friday – the busiest shopping day of the year – labor and community allies will descend on the Walmart locations in Northborough and Worcester as part of a nationwide mobilization of community support for striking Walmart workers. The local actions, set to begin at 11:00am and 12:00pm, respectively, will educate customers about Walmart Associates’ fight for respect in the workplace.

 Employees of the world’s largest retailer have taken action at warehouses and retail stores across the country in recent weeks, walking off the job to protest low wages, unsafe working conditions, and the company’s continued attempts to silence workers’ voices on the job. From hour reductions to outright termination, Walmart has retaliated against the workers, prompting a formal federal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The Black Friday protests come on the heels of statewide actions just a month ago, where delegations of concerned customers and community leaders fanned out to Massachusetts Walmart locations to demand an end to the retail giant’s retaliation against its employees. Walmart has yet to respond to the public outcry, inciting Black Friday protests nationwide.

Walmart workers from across the country have come together to form the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). OUR Walmart members are demanding basic rights on the job – including fair wages and benefits, safe working conditions and the right to organize. In Massachusetts, support for this effort is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Stands Up to Walmart campaign – a coalition of workers, community organizations, and faith and labor leaders that led the successful effort to halt Walmart’s planned expansion into the Greater Boston Area.


WHAT: Nationwide Black Friday protests come to area Walmarts


WHO: Local Walmart customers, labor and community leaders


WHERE/WHEN:     

Walmart Northborough (200 Otis Street)

Friday, November 23 @ 11:00am

Walmart Worcester (25 Tobias Boland Way)

Friday, November 23 @ 12:00pm

More than 1,000 Black Friday protests are planned at Walmart retail locations across the country. A searchable list of actions can be found here. 

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