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Fewer than 1% of Walmart employees posing to strike

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Will we see a "Walmart walkout" on black Friday? Upset Walmart workers are threatening to walk out on the busiest shopping day of the year.

As bargain hunters gear up this week for Black Friday, Walmart, the country's largest retailer, is getting ready for a possible strike.

Some employees say they're fed up with their pay and health insurance, and now they're upset the store opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

A shopper we talked to sees their point.

"I think that's wrong they have to work on thanksgiving. People are going to be home with their families anyways, they aren't going to be out shopping," says shopper Monica Moran.

So far we have heard about possible strikes and protests around the country. Nothing has been planned in Phoenix yet.

"The way I see it, the way the economy is, if you have a job you've got to stick it out, whatever you have to do," said one shopper.

"You shouldn't be striking, complaining about your job, you should be lucky you have a job," says a second shopper.

Walmart's response to all of this? They say they have 1.3 million employees and the majority of them are happy. This is just a small group that plans on striking – less than 1 percent of employees -- so it won't affect shoppers.

In an emailed statement the company says they've been working on Black Friday plans for almost a year.

Walmart is not the only retailer opening on thanksgiving. Target, Sears and Kmart will also be open with special hours.

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