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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville protesters take part in a nationwide strike against Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. The Black Friday craze has pushed some retailers to open doors on Thanksgiving Day, and that's not sitting well with Walmart employees across the nation and here in Louisville.
It is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but has greed gotten in the way? Shoppers are always wanting more--and some retailers are giving it to them. Early morning Black Friday deals have backed up into Thanksgiving night--meaning employees have to come to work at stores like Sears, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart. "They call it black Thursday now," said Aaron Lawson, an overnight stocker on strike at a local Walmart. The retailer opened doors at 8 o'clock last night nationwide to meet the demands of shoppers hunting holiday bargains.
But Lawson says that culture is affecting workers. "Some of us overnighters have to sleep then come into work, so we don't get to see our family until we get off work at 7 o'clock in the morning," Lawson explained.
The protest at the Walmart on Outer Loop and New Cut Road even garnered attention from elected officials. "During the holiday seasons, we're taking workers away from their families, the very folks that struggle the most to make ends meet," said Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott.
Others feel Black Thursday was just the tipping point in an overflowing well of labor issues with Walmart. "We're out here today to tell Walmart to quit retaliating against their workers for standing up to their working conditions," said Flaco Aleman, executive director of KY Jobs with Justice.
Walmart released a statement saying, " The number of protests being reported by the UFCW are grossly exaggerated. The large majority of protesters aren't even Walmart workers." Lawson is a Walmart worker, and says he is the only Walmart worker to take part in this protest.
Some Walmart shoppers at the Outer Loop location said the protest did not affect their trip inside the store.
Louisville protesters join a nationwide strike against Walmart.