The Walmart Black Friday strike is definitely happening, making the craziest shopping day of the year even more chaotic – hard to imagine given that the regular Walmart Black Friday involves shoppers getting stabbed, pepper-sprayed, trampled, and embroiled in a spot of light rioting over $2 waffle irons.
Walmart employees plan to strike at over 1,000 store locations. The aim is to grab the attention of the mainstream media – and that of the bargain-hunters who encounter protestors blocking their route into Walmart stores.
In doing so, the strikers hope to shame the company into increasing pay by drawing attention to their ~$10 hourly wages, which is often cited alongside allegations that many Walmart employees are forced to resort to food stamps.
Walmart has filed a complaint against the strikers with the National Labor Relations Board, but the NLRB says it won't rule on the complaint before Black Friday, leaving the strikers free to go ahead.