Should Stores Forgo Early Black Friday Hours in Consideration of Workers?

Walmart employees nationwide are threatening to strike after learning "Black Friday" store hours start at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Target has received some backlash as well.

Walmart workers across the country are striking due to the stores opening earlier this year for the Black Friday weekend. Before Thanksgiving, more than 1,000 worksite actions are expected to take place nationwide.

Walmart employees all over the country have been striking for the past few months in protest to various complaint such as "being silenced, long hours and little pay and issues with healthcare."

"This is happening at about 250 stores and there are just as many workers who have walked off their jobs,” said Beth Pointer, an organizer for Making Change at Walmart.

In October, associates leading the strikes originally gave Walmart until Black Friday to meet their demands, including an opportunity to discuss their concerns with management and the end of alleged retaliations for speaking out. However, Walmart employees have continued to strike at different locations across the country.

Target has also gotten some backlash after announcing they would open stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. According to DailyFinance, employees and supporters started a petition against the early opening at online petition site Change.org.

Last week, Target responded to the campaign on "A Bullseye View," its official blog. The post explains that the early Thanksgiving Day opening plan was created after they received feedback from customers, who said they would prefer shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner instead of in the early hours on Friday. It also insists that Target employees' preferences were considered in making Thanksgiving work schedules.

Unlike Walmart, Target isn't facing organized labor actions during the Black Friday weekend, so at the moment, they're not budging on their early holiday openings.

So do you think that these stores should give more consideration to workers than customers during the holidays?

Scott Terry November 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
If you don't like the job, LEAVE! Somebody else will be happy to work anytime.
Mr. B November 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM
You're absolutely right, Karsten. The big company you work for is probably profitable and using those profits to pay their investors, buy new modern equipment, pay the electric and gas bills, The nerve of your employer, not sharing those profits with you equally. Damn man, get out of there now before its too late. Don't you know you can be walking the picket line, enjoying the weather, looking like a fool? Get with the program man! BTW, Wal-Mart is trying to make profits. Idiots that are willing to shop all night is the reason they open. If no one was there to buy anything, would there be any reason to be open. Of course not. Why would anyone need a union to explain that to the workers. But then again, if you work for Wal-Mart, you might not be the brightest of employees anyway.
Mr. B November 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Janita, don't you know we have PROGRESSED beyond family traditions? Hell, we've PROGRESSED beyond families. My nieces aren't even sure Who their baby daddies are, much less Where they are during the holidays.
Good Grief Y'all November 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
He's also being mean. He's making fun of another poster from previous threads. That's not necessary.
Good Grief Y'all November 24, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I have never shopped on Black Friday. On that day I'm still dealing with the aftermath of a holiday gathering. I don't like the frenzy or the lines. But, some people enjoy it and look forward to it. It's good for the economy and good for the personal economy of the workers. The people who shop on that day may end up spending more than otherwise, despite the great deals. Besides, everyone doesn't observe holidays in the same way. That said, personally I don't like it and wish it weren't so hyped.


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