Target Employees Protesting Thanksgiving Day Shifts

Avatar for cmkristy
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-05-2005
Target Employees Protesting Thanksgiving Day Shifts
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? 

 photo snowsiggy.png


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
I,for one, will never shop at Target. It does not surprise me that the admin at that chain of stores are doing this. Here, they have bought out a chain of stores and, as part of their take over, they fired all the employees. The employees can re-apply for their jobs but they have lost all their seniority and benefits.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2010

It's the mindless consumerism and reckless greed in this country that leads them to opening earlier and earlier that irks me about it.  Thanksgiving is supposed to be about family and being thankful for what we already have, not to see who can give and get the best deals on electronics and toys that no one needs and are only going further in debt to get.

Also, another pissiness point, if this were a Christian religious holiday then every conservative in the country would be up in arms over people working; assuming the business would be open at all.  Because Thanksgiving is secular, it doesn't matter.

I went off on a tangent here.  I think if retailers want to open before Black Friday they should, but at least hold off on the "doorbuster" deals until 6am Black Friday.

Avatar for vegiemama
Community Leader
Registered: 01-06-2000
Sat, 11-17-2012 - 12:51am

What, do they think they're the only ones working on a holiday?  Did they ever put gas in their car on a holiday?  Or get sick?  Or dial 911 because they need police, fire, or EMS?  I have to work Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas this year.  I knew in advance.  It's just part of the job.  Do I like it?  No, I'd rather be home with my family, and they'd rather have me home.  But, they know that mom has an important job and unfortunately, emergencies happen on holidays too.  Plus, they can come to my work and have dinner together.  We always have dinner and family members can join us.  (And then when my paycheck arrives...cha-ching, that double time and a half holiday pay will be suh--weeeeet Money Mouth

Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009

  There are a few differences between you and your job and these Target employees. 

   " I have to work Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas this year.  I knew in advance.  It's just part of the job."

  These employees did not know in advance,  It was sprung on them at the last moment.  It has never been just part of the job. It is a change in the job.

  "But, they know that mom has an important job"

   I do not think these jobs fit in the same catagory of important.  While there are some jobs (medical, police fire etc) where time is entemely important.  In the scheme of things it really makes no difference if the doohicky is sold at 6:00 Thanksgiving night or 6:00 Friday morning. 

  "Plus, they can come to my work and have dinner together.  We always have dinner and family members can join us."

  Most likely not an option for these employees. 





iVillage Member
Registered: 02-13-2006

Hello BUT police,fireworkers and hospital workers...theyare ESSENTIAL jobs/employees.I use to work as a cna so I had to work holidays too and even graveyard BUT I knew that was expected of me...BUT I don't think you have to worry about someone dying IF they don't go to work at any of these retail stores.I feel that it's bull that they have to be open on Thanksgiving.Hey if Chick-Fil-A can close their doors on Sundays and STILL be profitable....then why can't these retail stores do the same for these major holidays.I admit to being one of those people who would go to a store because they would be open on the's because it would be open...if it was was closed.I wouldn't be hurt.People who work in retail KNOW that they will be working on holidays BUT enough is enough.I think that Black Friday should start at 8am and everyone should be off on the major holidays EXCEPT for essential employees of course because they're saving lifes...

Avatar for jamblessedthree
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 11-17-2012 - 11:46am
What does chik fil a being closed on Sundays have to do with retail stores opening on Thanksgiving night? And to the poster that thinks Thanksgiivng is more secular than Christmas, Ha, Consumerism has gone through the roof. Perhaps stores should open on x-mas so selfish folks that don't like what presents they got don't have to wait to return them too.



iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012

Your "pissiness point" is mistaken.  I haven't heard of any conservatives who are up in arms over people of any faith working on Christmas or Easter.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2012

The Target employees did know in advance.  I've heard about this story for weeks...and Thanksgiving is next week.  How much advance notice do think they need?

And perhaps not as "essential" as a policeman or fireman, but Target is providing a service to the community...and judging by "black friday" participation, it's a service eagerly welcomed by the people in the community.  Target is just providing what the people want...and the employees of Target have to be there to support the store.  If they don't like it, then they can quit and find work at a business guaranteed to be closed on the holidays, or be an entrepreneur and start their own business...and probably make some of their employees work on holidays. ; )

Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004

I worked retail on and off over the years, and it's a given you're going to work during the holidays, including the day before and the day after, and sometimes the day itself. It's the nature of retail. We live in a 24/7 society.

Retail makes 30 to 50% of its sales between October 1 and December 31. So, it's no surprise stores are changing tactics and opening on Thanksgiving Day to compete. 

Retail employees shouldn't expect special consideration. It's their job to staff the store. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-1999
Sat, 11-24-2012 - 12:19pm
If people didn't shop on Thursday, the stores would not open on Thursday next year. Ultimately it is the consumer's call.