Target Employees Protesting Thanksgiving Day Shifts

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Target Employees Protesting Thanksgiving Day Shifts
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Tue, 11-13-2012 - 2:00pm

Target employees are seeing red after the retailer announced its stores will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, cutting into holiday time for workers. An online petition asking Target to not open on Thanksgiving has over 179,000 signatures, and the number continues to rise.

Thanksgiving, a time for family, togetherness, turkey ... and standing for hours to service the needs of the relentless hordes of shoppers seeking the last Furby and deeply discounted HDTV sets. Indeed, Black Friday, which traditionally started in the pre-dawn hours of Friday, has seen its hours pushed back in recent years so that stores start offering savings on Thanksgiving night itself.

Target employees protest over Thanksgiving shifts

I can understand their frustration!  It seems like the sales are getting earlier and earlier each year.  When do you think retailers should open their doors for Black Friday shoppers? 

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I'd be pretty upset, too, if I worked for Target. Their only choice is to suck it up or quit, and neither of these seems fair. People need reasonable boundaries and I think major holidays are a good place to draw the line. There are enough people looking for work out there to staff any store, making it possible for Jews to not have to work on Yom Kippur, Christians on Christmas, etc. You shouldn't have to risk losing your job (or a promotion) in order to take your holy days off, or just to get some free time.

One of the most screwed up things in western society is the notion that we have to be producing or plugged in all the time. This just isn't healthy.

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Registered: 08-22-2009

  What is being lost in the early Black Friday opening news is that many of these stores were already open on Thanksiving.  What has changed is now instead of a holiday skeleton crew (which was most likely filled by those who wanted the hours)  to needing a full crew, so forcing people to work.

  DD3s boyfirend worked last Thanksgiving.  It was his choice, he did it because he got holiday pay for it and  he was a college student at the time so was limited in the times he could work so took hours when he could.  I think he work a short 4-5 hour shift. Also since he worked on Thanksgivng he got Black Friday off.  This year he has to work a full shift  on Thanksgiving getting off at 11:00 and then has to be back in 8:00 on Friday. 

  I am a bit mixed about stores being open on holidays.  I feel for those that do have to work but not so bad that I have not taken advantage of running to a grocery store on Thanksgiving for a last minute item that I forgot.

  The only thing that is going to stop this trend is if not enough people show up to make it profitable.

  I think that Black Friday should not start prior to 6:00 a.m. Friday. 

  

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Registered: 06-03-2009

If Thanksgiving were a religious holiday I might be a bit more sympathetic to the employees, but it isn't.  When you take a retail job you are told from the beginning that the company will be open on certain holidays and you may have to work on those days, so no employee should be "surprised" or complaining that they're scheduled to work on Thanksgiving.  Yes its nice if the employer takes volunteers first, but if not enough people step forward to cover all of the shifts they don't have a choice but to make working mandatory for everyone.

I think the most irksome thing about retail employees complaining about having to work on a holiday is that they act like they're the only ones working.  There are plenty of businesses that operate 24/7/365 because it is necessary for the population they serve or it is lucrative to their business model.  Those workers get the choice of sucking it up and doing their jobs or finding employment elsewhere.  Retail workers have the same options.

My guess is not only is Target opening earlier on Thanksgiving Day to stay competitive in their industry, but they're also hoping to pick up a lot of extra traffic because Walmart workers are planning to strike on Black Friday.  If I were a Target employee I'd be thinking about possible overtime due to the rush.  

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I think society loses something when we make decisions based purely on economic motives. Yes, Target probably thinks it has to do this to stay competitive, but there's something clearly wrong with a society that must be producing (or staying connected) all the time.

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Wed, 11-14-2012 - 10:29am
Given that last year's opening time proved successful means, to me that this year will too. I'm sure there are plenty of people waiting in the shadows for your job if you, the employee don't like it.

 

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
I agree, But as a consumer I think it's up to us to exercise the right to boycott not the store. Retail especially is in the business to make money, and lots of it! I have a friend who works at Kohls and I asked what she thought of this all, She told me she wouldn't work on Thanksgiving if they begged her to then went on and on about how she slaves away with her mom in the kitchen, blah blah. If Kohls honors her wishes, great but I don't think they should be at HER mercy.

 

 

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Registered: 10-17-2012

I'm sure all the police and firemen and hospital workers, and everyone else who has to work on holidays would rather they didn't have to...so boo hoo.  With this economy they should be thankful they have a job.  And if they don't like it, they can quit and...if they can...find a job with more accommodating hours.

Btw, who's having Thanksgiving dinner at 9PM?  How tough would it be to have dinner around 6, sit around feeling stuffed for a couple of hours and then go to work?  Geeze...whiners.

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Registered: 11-12-2012

I find this awful for any retail employees who want to stay with their family members and enjoy the holidays.  What is wrong with this country where the most important thing anymore is to buy, buy and buy.  We should embrace this holidays and enjoy being with each other and have a nice dinner together and have nice conversations and memory times.   What is this teaching our children that the only thing in life is to buy, buy and buy.  There are not too many holidays left.  Thanksgiving used to stand for parades, football a great dinner and great conversation with your family and watching some TV with holiday themes.  Today its just buy, buy and buy.   I feel sorry for this generation of materials only.   Bring back the 50s and 60s and grandpop and grandma telling stories to the children.   Call me old fashion but I love having a nice night at home.    Smelling the turkey and all the stuffing and pies.   

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Registered: 11-12-2012

Right on society is loosing.

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Registered: 04-11-2012

Personally I think they need to get over it and be thankful they have a job. Most of  those same employees wouldn't think twice about coming to my restaurant to get service on a holiday (including Christmas or Thanksgiving). The whole world can't shut down to enjoy a turkey dinner.

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