Walmart Reports it had its “Best Ever Black Friday;” Estimates only “50 Associates” Participated in Union-backed Protest Nationwide – Video Report 11/24/12
Walmart is reporting today it had its best ever Black Friday yesterday, and says the attempt to get Walmart employees to take part in a “walkout” only got 50 employees to participate – that’s right – 50 out of 1.3 million:
WALMART: Today, Walmart U.S. reported its best ever Black Friday events. The retailer saw larger crowds than last year and a huge response to its first ever one-hour guarantee on key electronic items.
“I’m so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to prepare and execute our Black Friday plans, giving our customers a great start to their Christmas shopping season,” said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer. “The work of our associates is even more impressive when you consider they served approximately 22 million customers on Thursday. . . . . “We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,” Simon said.
In response to the UFCW’s planned protests, Simon added, “Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates.” In addition, the company did not experience the walk-offs that were promised by the UFCW. “We estimate that less than 50 associates participated in the protest nationwide. In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year,” Simon said. . . . Read More