Twin Cities Wal-Mart Workers Expected to Join Nationwide Walkouts

Updated: 11/22/2012 4:14 PM By: Kaitlin Stevens

Wal-Mart workers in the Twin Cities are expected to walk off the job on Black Friday due to what they feel has been unfair treatment from the company.

According to a release put out by UFCW Local 1189, workers feel they are not getting enough hours because of under-staffing and take-home pay is not what it should be.

The overall campaign is being waged by a union-backed group called OUR Walmart, which includes former and current workers.

Many workers are also speaking out about the early start of Black Friday sales. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has been one of the biggest targets of protests against holiday hours. But retailers say they are giving shoppers what they want.

Members of the community as well as other retail workers will join those from Wal-Mart in their protests.

Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said that the discounter learned from shoppers that they want to start shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner. Then, they want to have time to go to bed before they wake up to head back out to the stores.
Still, Tovar said that Wal-Mart works to accommodate its workers' requests for different working hours. "We spent a lot of time talking to them, trying to figure out when would be the best time for our events," he said.

The Twin Cities protests will join protests and rallies by workers nationwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.