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Walmart Statement on Black Friday Union Demonstrations

“We’ve had awesome Black Friday events this year because of the tremendous work of nearly one million dedicated associates. Our associates went above and beyond to help deliver a better holiday season for our customers and their families.

“Even with more associates scheduled to work than ever, fewer associates called out absent over the past day than we see on a typical day.  That tells us our associates are excited to be there for our customers at this special time, and they are not joining in made-for-TV demonstrations in any meaningful way.  Our associates do an absolutely incredible job on Black Friday, and we won’t let anyone try to distract from the credit our associates deserve for their hard work.

“Perception is never reality with labor unions. The crowds are mostly made up of paid union demonstrators and they do not represent our 1.3 million associates who do work for Walmart in the US.  This is our busiest time of the year.  We’re excited to kickoff the holiday season and are focused on serving our customers. It’s unfortunate that this group attempts to disrupt the holiday spirit to push their agenda. The reality is that Walmart is focused every day on providing our associates with opportunities for job growth.”

Brooke Buchanan
Senior Director
Corporate Communications