Help Retail Workers Get the Day Off on Thanksgiving

As awful as Black Friday can be, it’s still a lot better than the recent trend of starting the holiday shopping season on “Black Thursday” – a day more affectionately known to many as Thanksgiving. Because of this shift forward, shoppers with limited means in search of deals, as well as employees who aren’t allowed to ask for the holiday off, are forced to cut family time short in the name of consumerism.

Unsurprisingly, the Care2 community is strongly opposed to this trend. One of the hottest petitions on the site right now is directed at JCPenney due to its controversial decision to open stores at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year. So far, over 46,000 people have signed the petition, urging the store to stay closed so Americans can enjoy a traditional meal together.

“Thanksgiving should be a time of relaxation and togetherness, where families can enjoy each other’s company without stressing about leaving dinner to go to work,” the petition reads. “Opening earlier does not even translate to bigger long-term sales, as shoppers simply shift their shopping habits to whenever the stores open, resulting in lower sales later on.”

JCPenney isn’t the only store facing criticism for staying open on Thanksgiving. Care2 members have created a handful of petitions calling out retail stores for the same infraction. If you share this sentiment, consider lending your signature to these petitions to help them take off:

Tell Target: Help end the greed. Join REI and close on Black Friday!

Outdoor and sporting goods chain REI has received a lot of goodwill this year for announcing it will stay closed on Black Friday this year, encouraging its shoppers to spend time outside instead. Petition writer Nathan Empsall wants Target to follow REI’s lead. Not only will the stores be open on Black Friday, they’ll also be open starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Tell Best Buy: Join REI And Close on Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

In addition to citing REI as a good example similar to the previous petition, this petition lists other reasons for Best Buy to close its doors like the influx of drunk shoppers, the labor laws that are often violated by stores with extended holiday hours and some previous Black Friday incidents that have happened at Best Buy like customers being stabbed and robbed at gunpoint.

Stop Chuck E Cheese from opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas

A Chuck E Cheese employee who is upset over losing time off on the holidays prepared this petition. The anonymous worker notes that staff has been warned that calling out or requesting either of the big holidays off could result in termination. According to the petition, 2015 marks the first year Chuck E Cheese has tried staying open on either Thanksgiving or Christmas, suggesting that there is no longstanding tradition for families to spend their holidays with pizza and an animatronic rat… so why start now? “As a family oriented place, Chuck E Cheese should understand how important it is to be home with our family on the holidays,” the employee writes.

Although it may be too late to convince these companies to change their schedules in 2015, registering your disapproval of their holiday hours could very well have an impact on what the stores do next year. With that in mind, if you or a loved one works at a retail store that stays open on the holiday (or you just want to call out one of the stores that does) consider starting a petition now in advance for 2016. It’s easy:

 

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105 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Donna T.
Donna T2 years ago

thank you

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

It should be a day to be at home or with family not with a business.

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 2 years ago

Noted. Petition signed. Thanks for posting.

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Donna T.
Donna T2 years ago

thank you

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Sara G.
Sara G2 years ago

We let advertising convince us that we need all the latest "STUFF". The problem is, our consumerism is killing the planet. Think before you buy folks!

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Lydia Bolmer
Lydia Bolmer2 years ago

In this culture people do not value the time with family and/or friends enough. It is important to have holidays , vacation, time off etc. to regroup oneself from daily pressures and to keep family life and social relationships intact.

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Nena C.
Nena C2 years ago

GET them home, its a day to be with family NOT working

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Margaret G.
Margaret G.2 years ago

Jenn C. wrote,

"... And if I were employed with a company that tried to make me work on the holidays I would tell them flat out that yes, I *would be taking my holiday and if they tried to fire me after that I would slap them with a lawsuit."


I am curious. What would be the basis of your lawsuit? As far as I know, the firing would be perfectly legal in this United States plutocracy.

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Margaret G.
Margaret G.2 years ago

Kiki baron wrote,

"They should be happy to have a JOB,,,, "

The United States is really becoming a third world country when people are told to be grateful that they have to work on a national holiday.

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