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Wal-Mart: Just 50 Workers Participated in Protests

Despite concerns about pro-union protests hampering Black Friday sales, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) said Friday that fewer than 50 of its employees nationwide participated in the demonstrations while about 22 million customers flooded into its stores.

The protests, which were planned by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, appear to have been tamer than some had expected. The demonstrations that did occur included many non-Wal-Mart employees, such as union organizers and workers in other trades like teachers.

“Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates,” Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart U.S., said in a statement.

Wal-Mart said it did not experience “the walk-offs that were promised by the UFCW” and less than 50 of its associates participated in the protest nationwide.

Overall, roughly the same number of workers missed their scheduled shift as last year, Simon said.

The UFCW helped organize the demonstrations, which are aimed at bringing attention to what some call unfair labor conditions at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.

UFCW said Wal-Mart workers in more than 100 cities are expected to go on strike, including at stores in California, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Source: FOXBusiness

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