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More protests planned for Seattle Walmart stores

Some employees at Walmart stores opening early on Thanksgiving night are walking out in protest or refusing to come in for their shift. (AP Photo)

Many stores are rolling out their doorbuster ads and shopoholics are giddy with excitement as Black Friday is just a week away.

But not everyone is thrilled. Some employees at stores opening early on Thanksgiving night are walking out in protest or refusing to come in for their shift.

About 30 Walmart employees walked out from six different stores in Seattle on Thursday, according to BusinessWeek. More walk-outs are planned for next week.

The workers involved are part of a employee-coalition called Making Change at Walmart. Walmart has stifled attempts by employees to organize.

More protests are planned at Walmart stores around the country in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.

According to BusinessWeek, the protests are not just about having to work on Thanksgiving, but about the company's scaled back contributions to employee health-care premiums.

Sears and Target also plan to open at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22.

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Stephanie joined the MyNorthwest.com team in February 2008. She has built the site into a two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner (Best Radio Website 2010, 2012).

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