Nightly News | November 20, 2012
>>> been reporting on the rush among some big retailers out there to push the traditional black friday shopping day frenzy into thursday which, of course, is thanksgiving day . now, on top of that, it looks like if you plan on lining up outside your local walmart , you may have company in the form of protesters. our report tonight on all of it from nbc's kristen dahlgren.
>> reporter: where they expect to see signs advertising black friday bargains, walmart shoppers may instead be greeted by this. signs of discontent from walmart workers promising 1,000 protests by the end of the week.
>> we are human beings and not just animals that they can just take for a joke.
>> some employees have already walked out. protesting walmart 's plans to open early on thanksgiving, and demanding better schedules. less expensive health care and a raise in the minimum hourly pay. greg fletcher has worked at walmart for six years, said his hours have been cut, making it hard to make ends meet.
>> after all these attempts, they continued to retaliate, to threaten people's jobs, to lower their hours, lower their pay.
>> reporter: walmart is downplaying the protests, saying it only expects a handful.
>> this is the super bowl of retail, this is the big day .
>> reporter: the company has filed a complaint with the united labor relations board, accusing the union of unlawfully interfering, even though it doesn't represent walmart employees.
>> we think our workers are getting really bad advice from the unions. while they do have rights and we respect those rights, there are some actions that we will take if people don't follow our company policies.
>> reporter: now, walmart does insist it has a plan in place for black friday. the company employs 1.4 million associates in the u.s. it's unclear how many of them would participate in any picketing. and how it will influence all those shoppers looking for their holiday bargains.
>> kristen dahlgren on the retail story for us be to