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Retail Workers Fight Back Against Thanksgiving Day Openings

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Last week I reported to you that stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s & Best Buy were moving up their “Black Friday” openings to Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, to get a jump on the holiday shopping season.  It just seems to get earlier and earlier every year and at some point you have to fight back.  That’s what the employees of Target are doing now.

Target was just one of many retailers that are moving up their opening day to Thursday making their employees a little upset.  In fact, one employee from Omaha, Anthony Hardwick, got proactive about the subject, posting a petition on Change.org

The petition calls for folks to leave their comments and signatures to convince the retailer that they need time with their families too and to push back their “Black Friday” opening from midnight Thursday to 5 am Friday.

Hardwicks statement on the website states:

A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day.  By opening the doors at midnight, Target is requiring team members to be in the store by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation — all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night’s rest on Thanksgiving!

Join me in calling for Target retail stores to push back their original opening time of 5am on Black Friday.

http://www.change.org

At last view their were over 91,000 signatures on the petition.  I don’t know if it will make a difference but I think if enough people voice their opinion maybe, just maybe they will listen.  I doubt it though, since money talks and that’s really all retailers are interested in, the bottom line.  In a recent poll something like 86% of people don’t even do their Christmas shopping until December but stores have to make up for lost revenue anyway they can and if opening even earlier is the way to do it then that’s likely what they will do.

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