Holiday work controversy: Should retailers offer deals on Thanksgiving day?
POSTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 4:07pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:13pm
U.S. — The controversy has grown between those who believe national holidays should be observed by retailers, allowing the employees to spend time with their families, and the business owners who argue they are opening earlier due to public demand.
Probably the biggest battle will be fought by a group of Wal-Mart workers on Black Friday.
The union-backed group OUR Walmart expects thousands of workers to participate in the protest planned this week. The employees will ask the country's largest employer to end what they call retaliation against speaking out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.
Some of those who support the union argue that retailers have made the holidays too commercial by trying to drive traffic on days families should be together.
However, employers at stores like Wal-Mart say that they are only offer people the option to come in early for the deals. If shoppers would like to be with their families, than they are not forced to come into the store and shop.
They also say that their employees are paid well for holiday work.
So, what do you think?
Are companies overly commercializing holidays? Or do you think giving the public the option to shop on a holiday is a good thing?
Let us know in the comments below!