Walmart trying to shut down wave of Black Friday protests
dailykos.com — Walmart appears to be facing an unprecedented wave of worker protest on its biggest day of the year, Black Friday, and the wave continues to grow, with actions planned all across the country, even as Walmart tries to shut it down. Walmart has tried to shut down the protests by filing an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, the first it has filed in a decade. Josh Eidelson explains that a key question is whether the actions are, as Walmart charges, representational picketing aimed at getting union recognition, or, as OUR Walmart, the UFCW, and the workers involved have insisted, unfair labor practices strikes and picketing, which have much greater legal protection. Getting an injunction may not be the point, though. Walmart is worried that these protests outstrip management's ability to intimidate workers store by store and person by person, in other words, so it's trying to use the law to intimidate them.