Walmart workers are planning to strike at 1,000 stores, nationwide, on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. David Tovar, the Vice President of Communications, at Walmart Headquarters, says it won't affect operations at the Frederick locations. "We don't think it's going to have any impact whatsoever. We're prepared to serve our customers on Black Friday. We're going to have a million associates working that day. And they're excited to serve customers and we think it's going to be a great event."
This year, Walmart will start its in-store specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by its big electronics event at 10 p.m. and a third event at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 23. In addition to the great prices and broad assortment our customers have come to expect from Walmart during Black Friday, this year they will be taking the historic step of guaranteeing quantities of some of the most sought after electronic items during the 10 p.m. event. "We are really excited about Black Friday. We've been preparing for about a year now. We think it's going to be the best Black Friday we've ever had and we're ready to serve our customers," continued Tovar.
"The reality is that there are only a handful of associates, at a handful of stores scattered across the country that are participating in these UFCW made for TV events. Most of the numbers of people the UFCW claims at their events aren't even Walmart workers. They are union representatives and other union members," said Tovar. In a statement issued by union members, it said that they were angry that Walmart was starting Black Friday sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.