Retail employees resist 'Black Friday creep'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- There's some rancor in the ranks of Wal-Mart workers, as evidenced by recent employee protests nationwide.

And a group of Wal-Mart employees is planning Black Friday strikes at hundreds of stores around the country to show discontent with the big-box retailer for moving up the opening of Black Friday sales to 8 pm Thanksgiving Day.

They say that ruins the traditional family feast for them.

But one Boise Wal-Mart store manager doesn't expect problems locally.

"You know, when we've covered it with our team, we haven't had any grumbling," said manager Jason Walker.

A national Wal-Mart spokesperson said the number of employees raising concerns is small, and doesn't reflect the vast majority of the 1.3 million workforce.

Still, on-line petitions are also urging other retailers -- such as Target, also opening on Turkey Day evening -- to give Thanksgiving back to families.

Folks we talked locally were sympathetic to the workers and said stores should put people before revenue.

"Let's just keep the holidays separate and let families enjoy time with families," said Letha Blick of Twin Falls. "That's what it's all about."

"I thinks it's more a bad thing than a good thing," said Matt Baty of Boise. "I feel sorry for the employees who have to deal with Black Friday."

But national retailers say they're just trying to give consumers what they want.