Missoula County Coverage

Nov 22, 2012 9:59 AM by Phil Buck - KPAX News

Protest planned for Black Friday at Missoula Walmart

MISSOULA - Some Western Montana union members are planning to make good on their threat to strike against retail giant Walmart on Black Friday.

Protesters were seen Wednesday inside a store in East Oakland, California, shouting their demands with about 20 people marched through the middle of Walmart in the morning.

The protest is part of a nationwide campaign to pressure Walmart into paying workers more and providing better benefits.

The demonstration was part of a buildup for more protests beginning Thursday, as well as throughout Black Friday, which is the busiest shopping day of the year.

There is a protest scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m. at the Missoula Walmart Supercenter on Mullan Road according to the Corporate Action Network website. A similar protest is also planned at the Walmart in Bozeman on Friday.

A news release states that the Missoula Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Montana Organizing Project, Occupy Missoula and Health Care for America Now - Missoula are among the groups planning to take part in the protest.

Questions remain over whether the National Labor Relations Board will issue an injunction to stop the picketing.

Walmart requested NLRB review its complaint that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union is actually organizing the protests. But NLRB said yesterday the issues are "complex" and it might not be able to reach a decision before shopping starts Thursday.

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