business news in context, analysis with attitude reports on the continuing one-day strikes taking place at Walmarts across the country - in Southern California, Seattle and elsewhere - that are being supported by an online petition calling on President Barack Obama to intercede with Walmart on behalf of working people, and that are leading up to planned Black Friday strikes against the retailer.

Wal-Mart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan tells Salon that the company is “really focused on serving our customers, and giving our customers and our associates the best holiday ever.” While Buchanan said the company has “a strict anti-retaliation policy,” and will not take actions against protesting employees, she also noted that Walmart does "enforce attendance policies when they are broken."
KC's View:
I'm not sure, but I'm beginning to think that this is going to grow into a bigger problem for Walmart than it has been….perhaps fueled by a sense that, as expressed by one employee, "I want people to be able to live better, you know, like the commercial says … Nobody lives better except for the Waltons now."

I do think they're smoking something if they expect Obama to intervene. He's got other problems to deal with that strike me as a little more pressing….