Measure R failed, but there is still something you can do to help our local oppressed minimum wage workers.

Don’t shop on Thanksgiving Day and don’t shop at retailers that force their employees to work on this holiday!

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and it makes me sick that this is happening. I’m not a big fan of Black Friday and our overheated consumer culture in general, but forcing hard-working American — many of whom make minimum wage — to miss Thanksgiving dinner! Are you kidding me??

Locally and Nationally Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Target, Kohl’s, Starbucks and other corporate retailers will force MILLIONS of workers to miss Thanksgiving dinner with their families and loved ones by opening on Thanksgiving morning and staying open straight through Black Friday. And the consequences if they don’t come in? “You will automatically be fired.”

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Over the years, retail chains have opened earlier and earlier on “Black Friday” to help boost their profits. But last year, some retailers went to a whole new level and opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day! And this year, already a dozen retailers plan to be open, forcing more and more workers to miss precious moments with their children, parents, husbands, wives, siblings, and loved ones around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

This holiday is a time for us to share thanks for the ones we love, not help fill the pockets of corporate CEOs. And what’s going to stop more corporations from following suit if we don’t stand up and speak out?

Stand up for families and Thanksgiving, and demand that workers get the quality time they deserve on this important holiday.

Here’s the worst part: last year, retailers that opened on Thanksgiving didn’t even see a big increase in sales. And on top of that, most Americans opposed the idea and said they wouldn’t shop on Thanksgiving!

Over 17 other major retailers have rejected starting Black Friday on Thursday, and allow workers to stay home and enjoy time with their families!

Costco put it best “our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.”

Demand greedy corporations follow the example of courageous retailers like Costco, Patagonia, REI, Barnes & Noble, Sur La Table, American Girl, Gamestop, Burlington, Dillard’s, DSW, Nordstrom, Patagonia, REI, T.J. Maxx, and Marshall’s by rejecting this disgusting new trend.

Vote with your money! Support our local retailers who stay closed on Thanksgiving!

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10 thoughts on “Measure R failed, but there is still something you can do to help our local oppressed minimum wage workers.

    • burger:

      One way a person is oppressed is when one is forced to do something against their will with out-of-proportion consequences if they don’t.

      Obviously there is a spectrum… (being bullied into working Thanksgiving is not as severe as being a nineteenth century slave) but being forced to work a holiday traditionally celebrated by families is definitely a form of oppression… especially when you threaten to take away a job that family needs to survive.

      I hope that clarifies the issue for you.

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  1. First you say they need more money. Now they have a chance to make overtime and you want them to stay home. Ever thought some of them might want to work on holidays?

    I always volunteered to work holidays.

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    • Fred Mangels:

      I have to say Thanksgiving is not particularly my favorite holiday and I’ve worked more than a few of them in my life.

      But that was MY choice. Just as you made your choice (I assume “volunteered” means YOU were making the choice).

      There is a difference between given a choice and being forced. When one is threatened with being fired when one does not go along… that is not a choice at all.

      It sounds rather out of proportion to fire a minimum wage worker because they choose to be with their family on a holiday rather than grub money for others far wealthier than themselves.

      Dignity of labor, anyone?

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    • It sounds rather out of proportion to fire a minimum wage worker because they choose to be with their family on a holiday rather than grub money for others far wealthier than themselves.

      I don’t think so. All kinds of jobs have people working holidays. Sometimes accommodations are made for those who want that day off. Sometimes they aren’t, or it’s just not possible. Oh, well. Find another job.

      And remember that most jobs consist of eight hour shifts. You can still do your holiday stuff for at least the other 8 hours in the day, if not longer.

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    • Fred Mangles:

      Ah… find another job. Why didn’t I think of that?

      I’m sure many of our (many) unemployed and under employed will take heart from your words of encouragement. What mindless ninnies we all are!

      Sorry for the Snark, Fred. But I can’t help thinking either you have not given this issue much thought or lack in empathy.

      As to working-in Thanksgiving around one’s work schedule:

      “My eight hour shift runs from 2 to 10 pm.”

      Or… “I worked from 8 am to 4 pm. Now I’m going to make the Thanksgiving meal” (for those single parents out there).

      Again, Fred the real issue (and the topic of the article above) is choice vs. coercion in retail settings based on anti-family corporate greed.

      We are NOT talking about police, firefighters and ambulance personnel.

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    • Look it up Freddy……
      “There is nothing in state law that mandates an employer pay an employee a special premium for work performed on holidays, Saturdays, or Sundays, other than the overtime premium required for work in excess of eight hours in a workday or 40 hours in a workweek.”

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  2. There is nothing in state law that mandates an employer pay an employee a special premium for work performed on holidays,…”,

    As I recall, I’ve always been paid overtime when working holidays. If they’re not required to, I’d say that’s in the employer’s favor that they do.

    “Again, Fred the real issue (and the topic of the article above) is choice vs. coercion in retail settings based on anti-family corporate greed.

    You have a choice: find another job, or trade shifts with a worker that doesn’t mind working that day.

    Or quit the job and go on unemployment or disability. Lots of people do that for even lesser reasons. Move on, but stop thinking you’re a victim because you have a job that might require you to work on holidays.

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    • I’m not a victim (at least concerning this particular subject).

      I’m just some poor dumb liberal sod that thinks the retail industry being open on Thanksgiving is overdoing it just a bit.

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  3. I remember when the only store open in Eureka on holidays was Pete’s Market (now El Pueblo), but even that was for very limited hours and the clerk was the owner. While we appreciated being able to pick up that forgotten carton of whipping cream, we could have lived just as well without it.

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