Walmart workers threaten to strike on 'Black Friday'

Walmart workers threaten to strike on 'Black Friday'
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Several Walmart workers walked off the job on Thursday, and the employees are now threatening to strike on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Walmart workers are not unionized, but growing unrest over what they call low wages, shortened hours and few benefits has some of the employees threatening to strike.

"I'm not making livable wages. I can't move out of my mom's house and I have him to support," said employee Brittany Springer.

Nearly 20 workers from the Puget Sound area showed their solidarity for the one-day walkout at a Thursday rally. The employees will return to work on Friday, but they're also working on bigger plans, which could include a Black Friday strike.

Walmart has experienced its share of Black Friday mayhem, but that's generally due to the throngs of shoppers.

On Black Friday, which is the day following Thanksgiving and typically the biggest shopping day of the year, Walmart could experience a completely different type of mayhem if workers refuse to show up.

"Yes, I'm going to walk on Black Friday. Most definitely," said Gerardo Paladin. "Because I want to show to Walmart I stand on my rights."

Barbara Holland, who works at a Renton Walmart, said striking on Black Friday will show Walmart that employees are needed and should be treated better.

Reached Thursday, Walmart officials called the walkout "unlawful union tactics." The company doesn't know how many of its 1 million workers will join the strike, but representatives from the retail giant say Black Friday will be business as usual, even if customers have to walk through picketers to get inside.

Walmart will actually be open all day on Thanksgiving, with Black Friday sales beginning at 8 p.m.