Wal-Mart Exec: Employees are “really excited” to be working on Thanksgiving
Not all Walmart workers were so enthused about turning Thanksgiving into a working day, however. A petition against Walmart’s holiday hours that was posted on change.org noted that “Thanksgiving is a time for family,” and “other large corporations, such as Home Depot, close their doors.”
“Most businesses are closed on Thanksgiving, I understand that Walmart is a staple in many towns, but everyone survives it being closed on Christmas. As a single mother, it breaks my heart to know that I won’t be able to spend that time with my son,” the author of the petition, who identified herself on the site as Stephenie Ritter, wrote.
On Monday, Walmart EVP Duncan Mac Naughton said such complaints are the minority. Store “associates are really excited to work that day. It’s a pretty high-energy day for associates as well.”
If I put into words how I really felt about this person, I’d never been seen on this site again. I just really can’t stand the way blue collar workers are shafted year after year because of Black Friday nonsense. I can just about guarantee that virtually NONE of these out of touch corporate execs will be working the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The article also notes, Wal-Mart is offering a turkey dinner for employees that have to come in that night, but I have no doubt that’s little consolation to the workers who have to give up time with their families to come in and work a shopping day that gets more out of hand each year.
This NEEDS TO STOP. Thanksgiving is being almost completely destroyed by these profit mad corporations.
Is it really too much to ask that retail employees get ONE GUARANTEED DAY OFF a year?
This really is madness and it breaks my heart.