Strikes 2012: Major worker walkouts
The resolution of the recent Southern California port strikes sent deep relief through retailers, consumers, government officials and others gearing up for a busy holiday season. But clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, whose walkouts caused ships to divert to other ports or dock offshore, were hardly the first to go into strike mode this year. A look at other picket lines in 2012.
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Wal-Mart workers push back on Black Friday
Wal-Mart workers protested on Black Friday around Southern California, complaining about the increasingly early start to the post-Thanksgiving shopping push while also agitating for higher wages and better healthcare. The giant discounter said in a statement that nearly 10 million register transactions occurred at stores between 8 p.m. and midnight on Thanksgiving. In October, dozens of workers - including some from Los Angeles - walked off the job. They accused Wal-Mart of retaliating against dissatisfied, vocal employees.