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Workers at the Walmart on Hallandale Beach Boulevard may soon join a labor movement stretching from California to Florida. Shoppers Shris Byrd and Octavia Washington react to the potential walk out.
Workers at the Hallandale Beach Walmart may soon join a labor movement stretching from California to Florida.
Employees of the store are being encouraged to stage a walk out Thursday afternoon to call for better working conditions and higher pay.
The walkout is expected to happen at 2 p.m. at the store at 2551 E. Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
Workers at the Hialeah Walmart held their own walk out Tuesday, with employees raising their voices, complaining about low pay and unfair labor practices. And workers are threatening to strike on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, one Of the busiest shopping days of the year.
NBC 6 reached out to Walmart corporate officials who didn't respond to requests for comment.
Walmart, which is America's largest retailer with more than 2.1 million employees at stores across the country, has been embroiled in labor issues for years.
A Walmart advocacy group has posted videos on YouTube of demonstrations outside the stores, while some have taken their protests inside.
Customers at the Hallandale store had mixed feelings over the walk outs.
"It's bad for us because we have to go in there and shop and if we can't go in there and get what we need we're missing things," Chris Byrd said. "They're getting paychecks, there's people out here not getting nothing, and they're living on the streets, so you're getting a paycheck, I'll take it."
"I'm down for the employees, I'm an employee too and I know how it is to be treated like crap, so I say walk out," shopper Octavia Washington said.
Last week, three female Walmart employees filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities.
Walmart denied the claims saying they have strong policies against any form of discrimination.