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Anti-Walmart union group plans Black Friday protests

A union-backed activist group said it is planning a series of protests at Walmart stores across the nation on the day after Thankgiving, hoping to disrupt the retail giant during Black Friday, the unofficial kickoff of the Christmas shopping season. This year the group said it was organizing "food drives" on behalf of Walmart employees.

The group organizing the event, Making Change at Walmart, is a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers, a union that represents workers at several of Walmart's rivals such as Giant and Kroger's. Through it and another UFCW-founded group, OUR Walmart, the union has staged a long-running public relations campaign against the non-union Arkansas-based company, which employs more than a million people.

On Tuesday, Making Change at Walmart announced it would "organize and/or support 1,000 local food drives in cities with Walmart stores so as to help gather food and goods for Walmart workers and other families in need."

"Walmart pays its workers poverty-level wages, meaning that an estimated hundreds of thousands of hard-working Walmart employees will be forced to rely on assistance from food banks and food stamps this holiday season," said Jess Levin, communications director at Making Change at Walmart.

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