Labor leaders set to join rally at Michigan Wal-Mart

Nov 29, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - Several labor leaders are expected to rally at a suburban Detroit Wal-Mart store on the day traditionally viewed as the official start to the holiday buying season.

MLive.com reports the Friday event in Sterling Heights is one of hundreds of planned demonstrations and walkouts around the country. The Michigan Black Friday protest is expected to draw leaders from the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union.

The retailer has been a target for protests against holiday hours. Most Wal-Mart stores are open 24 hours, but it started sales events at 6 p.m. Thursday - two hours earlier than usual.

Wal-Mart officials say the company has received good feedback from employees about working the holiday. The discounter says they get additional holiday pay and other perks for working on Thanksgiving.