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    Walmart Workers Plan Protests

    Customers walk outside a Walmart store on November 17, 2012 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Black Friday shoppers will need to shop earlier this year  to bag those amazing bargains. At Kmart, Sears, Toys R Us and Walmart, Black Friday starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, while Target opens its doors at 9 p.m.   AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Walmart workers plan to mount a series of strikes on Black Friday—but shoppers might walk right past the picket line and in to the deals. The planned series of 1,000 protests on and before one of the biggest shopping days of the year was organized by the United Food and Commerical Workers union. So far, efforts to unionize workers at the big-box retailer have not been successful. The latest protests, too, may amount to nothing. Walmart CFO Charles Holley said in a Nov. 15 earnings call that he was “not aware of any major disruptions that are going to happen Black Friday.”

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