Rally planned after Wal-Mart death

December 20, 2008 5:58:29 PM PST
Worker advocates are pressing for better employee training after a Long Island Wal-Mart worker was killed in a holiday shopping stampede.The nonprofit group the Workplace Project is planning a vigil and rally Sunday at the Valley Stream mall where Jdimytai Damour died Nov. 28. The temporary worker was trampled when an estimated 2,000 shoppers surged into Wal-Mart for post-Thanksgiving bargains.

Workplace Project spokesman Saul Lenares says the group wants to show solidarity with Damour and push companies to provide more training.

Damour had no training in security or crowd control.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has said it tried to prepare for the "Black Friday" crowd by adding workers, putting up barricades and consulting with police.