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Walmart employees threaten to protest on Black Friday

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A small group of employees are protesting the world's largest retailer.

Some Walmart workers have already walked off the job in some states.

Union backed organizers say it's the beginning of 1,000 protests, strikes and rallies leading up to and on Black Friday.

Protests are reportedly planned in places like Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles but Phoenix has not been mentioned.

One local Walmart worker told FOX 10 employees at his store aren't talking about walking off.

He says he was given the worst Thanksgiving dDy shift but he will stay because he needs the money.

The biggest shopping day of the year, some workers in 1,000 Walmart stores across the country may walk out, calling for better pay and benefits.

"I think they should be thankful to have a job, I'm one of them [who] lost a job two or three years ago," said Neta Lupton who is unemployed.

Employees are also upset that, like other big box stores, Walmart plans to start Black Friday early and open Thanksgiving night.

Although, some stores are already open 24 hours a day.

"Yeah I can understand them wanting to be with their families and all of that," said Heidi Benson.

"I think a lot of people have to work holidays...sometimes it's not a choice where we work, but if we work there we should make the best of it," said Chuck Kelly.

The protest effort is part of an employee coalition that's backed by a union.

A Walmart spokesperson calls it a publicity campaign and says it's part of an ongoing effort by the union to organize Walmart's workforce.

Walmart has filed an unfair labor practices charge against the union backing the movement.

With almost 1.5 million workers, Walmart has been targeted by unions and workers complaining about the issues before.  

But, organizers claim workers have already been walking off the job; they're calling it the first strike in company history.

The idea is to target the mega store's bottom line.

"Do you think it will work? I don't think so. I just don't think it will work that way," said Kelly.

A labor attorney FOX 10's Jill Monier spoke with says since Arizona is a right to work state, unions aren't strong here. He doesn't anticipate any strikes from Walmart workers here, but says it's possible.

The union and the group organizing the protests did not return calls for comment.

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