Black Friday Protests and Union Front Groups

Labor policy expert comments on publicity stunt

Anticipated Black Friday protests of Walmart later this week most likely involve few actual employees and plenty of people involved with union front groups, according to the Mackinac Center’s labor policy director.

“Their success comes from the media covering it, regardless of how many workers walk out,” F. Vincent Vernuccio told The Washington Free Beacon. “And there won’t be many workers on Black Friday, just like last year.”

The protests are being planned by a group called OUR Walmart, which is known as a worker center.

“It’s an effective strategy because if it’s OUR Walmart or other organizations making accusations that tarnish the company’s brand, the union’s fingerprints aren’t on it, so people are more likely to believe them.”

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