Walmart Workers Threaten to Strike on Black Friday, One of the Biggest Days of the Year (VIDEO)

Source: Bianna Golodryga /  ABC News

While bargain-hunting shoppers gear up this week for Black Friday, Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, may be in for a blackout on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Walmart workers at 1,000 locations across the U.S. said they’re angry that Walmart stores are opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and that they plan to strike to protest this holiday opening. In such cities as Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee and Los Angeles, workers could begin striking as early as today.

“We’re just demanding respect,” said Rosetta Brown, a Walmart employee.

Walmart said that 1 million associates would be working throughout the holiday weekend. “This is the Super Bowl for retailers and we’re ready,” Kory Lundberg, director of National Media Relations for Walmart, wrote in an email to “We’ve been working on our Black Friday plans for almost a year now, and we’re prepared to have a great event. We respect the rights of our associates to express their views but if they are scheduled to work, we expect them to show up and do their job.”

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