Fri November 23, 2012
Local Groups Stage Walmart Protest
A group of demonstrators led by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union gathered at a south Louisville Walmart today to protest the retail giant’s labor practices.
It was among dozens of Black Friday demonstrations at Walmart stores across the country.
The protesters want Walmart to improve workers’ wages and benefits; they also allege the company has been intimidating employees to prevent them from organizing.
"I hope Walmart will take a look at what’s going on, because as days and days go by, it’s getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and do the responsible thing and try to discuss with their workers about what it is they’d like to have and what they would like to change about working at Walmart," said UFCW Local 227 organizing director Harold Embry.
Embry helped coordinate today’s demonstration outside the Walmart at Outer Loop and New Cut Road that he says drew about 100 people.
Embry says no local Walmart employees joined the demonstration but a worker from Stanford, Kentucky took part in the event.
A national spokesman for the company says Walmart is having its best-ever Black Friday and organizers have been exaggerating the number of Walmart workers who joined the demonstrations across the country.