Large groups of labor and community workers are preparing to hold a Black Friday protest at several Wal-mart locations across the Cmmonwealth Friday, including the Framingham branch of the store, according to an announcement from Jobs with Justice.
Protestors are expected at Wal-Mart in Framingham at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday according to the announcement. This protest is expected to include a light display at a nearby overpass/intersection .
Friday's action comes just a month after delegations of concerned customers spread to locations across Massachusetts to demand an end to the store's retaliation against its employees, according to Jobs with Justice.
Workers began taking action at warehouses and retail stories nationwide in October, speaking out against low wages, unsafe working conditions and Wal-mart's attempts to slice workers' voices on the job. Strikes have reportedly taken place in California, Washington and Texas so far.
Wal-Mart asked the National Labor Relations Board to halt any protests by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union tryng to disrupt its business this Black Friday week.
"We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," said Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar to Reuters. "If they do, they will be held accountable."