Retailers around the country are seeking to woo shoppers to spend more on Black Friday by extending their hours and increasing the over $50 billion dollars that consumers are expected to spend on the most lucrative shopping day of the year. Walmart, Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart and other stores are now opening on Thanksgiving Day itself to lure more shoppers. However, a Target employee who started a petition to keep her store closed on Thanksgiving, has managed to attract more than 350,000 signatures from the public, saying that employees deserve to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
This year Black Friday may also be the biggest day of protest for Walmart workers around the country. Walmart workers or associates as they are called, have been unable to form a union but many have been organizing under the name Organization United for Respect at Walmart or OUR Walmart over the past couple months and are gearing up to stage their largest action against the retail giant this Friday.
Employees are demanding better wages, longer and more regular weekly work hours in order to qualify for benefits, and better treatment of workers who voice concerns over working conditions or pay. The company, which recently posted a third quarter net income of $3.63 billion dollars or 9% more than what it made last year, is nervous about picket lines dampening its Black Friday profits.
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