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Workers group considering protests on Black Friday

Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice protesting outside Walmart Kirk Butterfield Roads Friday November 9 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice protesting outside of the Walmart at Kirk and Butterfield Roads on Friday, November 9, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2012 11:43AM

With the holiday shopping season shifting into high gear, supporters of low-wage retail workers will gather in Geneva Saturday to discuss possible Black Friday protests.

Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Geneva Unitarian Church, 102 S. Second St.

“The retail giants are feeding a consumer shopping frenzy,” said Mary Shesgreen, co-chairman of the pro-union organization.

NIJWJ has invited two speakers — Trina Tocco of Change to Win and Mark Meisner of Warehouse Workers for Justice, who organized a strike by Walmart warehouse workers in October in Elwood, Ill.

Shesgreen said the speakers will talk about planned actions on Black Friday.

She said it is “appalling” that retail workers have to give up time with their family on Thanksgiving Day so the retailers can get shoppers in their doors.

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