Walmart workers to rally at Clovis supercenter in nationwide protest on Black Friday

FresnoNovember 28, 2013 

Thousands of workers are expected to protest on Black Friday at about 1,500 Walmart stores nationwide, including the Walmart Supercenter in Clovis.

The protesters are demanding better pay for employees, full-time work and an end to alleged retaliation against workers who speak out about working conditions.

The Clovis rally is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday at the store at Shaw and Peach avenues.

Our Wal-Mart, the group organizing the protests, is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. The labor group had previously filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had illegally retaliated against workers last year.

The NLRB found, in a decision issued Nov. 15, that the Bentonville, Ark., retailer unlawfully threatened employees with reprisal if they engaged in strikes on Black Friday and unlawfully disciplined workers who engaged in those strikes.

Wal-Mart also had filed a complaint alleging that the union had made illegal threats and coercive statements in the presence of employees. The company complained that paying Wal-Mart associates at stores in Texas and Oklahoma with $50 gift cards was coercive.

The NLRB disagreed. The charges were dismissed because the alleged threats were too ambiguous, the decision read.

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