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Could Black Friday be blacked out at Wal-Mart?

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Wal-Mart stores around the country are facing the threat of a strike by disgruntled workers on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is encouraging Wal-Mart employees to walk off the job to protest being scheduled to work earlier on Thanksgiving Day to get the jump on the traditional Black Friday sales. Workers are to go in at 8 p.m., which is two hours earlier than they worked last year.

Strikes have begun at some stores elsewhere in the country already. About a dozen workers walked out at the store in Landover Hills on Monday to take part in a protest led by members of the United Food Workers union.

Top management would not comment on camera, but a spokesman told FOX 5 the demonstration did not appear to be a "grassroots" effort, but a "manufactured" one.

It is unclear how many workers might walk off at that store between now and Black Friday. But similar protests are planned at Wal-Mart stores all over the country.

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