Maryland Walmart Employees Take Part In Nationwide Walkout | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Walmart Employees Take Part In Nationwide Walkout

Play associated audio
Employees from Walmart store No. 5129 in Maryland call on the company to not retaliate against protesters.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourwalmart/8211386924/
Employees from Walmart store No. 5129 in Maryland call on the company to not retaliate against protesters.

Walmart is a favorite target of bargain hunters for Black Friday deals, but some worried that widespread strikes by Walmart employees could disrupt the holiday shopping flow. So far, that fear appears to have been unfounded.

At the Walmart in Hyattsville, Md., there is no sign of a protest. Families have been walking in and out all day, enjoying Black Friday discounts and stocking up for the next holiday.

On Thursday night, officials said they expected a large protest, as union officials were calling on workers to walk off their posts.

At the Capital Plaza Walmart in Landover, Md., more than one hundred protesters made their presence known. They questioned Walmart's decision to ask employees to work on Thanksgiving itself, as well as other concerns like their lack of access to healthcare.

Walmart says fewer than 50 associates nationwide actually walked off. The company is claiming its best-ever Black Friday sales, but the threat of a strike continues, as union labor organizers say strikes are planned in more than 100 cities.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

NPR

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

The renowned Spanish museum has made 3-D copies of some of its most iconic works to allow blind people to feel them.
NPR

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.
NPR

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

The 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership account for almost 36 percent of world's economy, which would make TPP by far the largest U.S. trade pact.
WAMU 88.5

New Transit App, Split, Pushes User To Share The Backseat

A new entrant into the growing world of on-demand transportation apps in the District uses sustainability as its pitch — with users sharing the ride with others going the same direction.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.