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Holiday work controversy: Should retailers offer deals on Thanksgiving day?

Holiday work controversy: Should retailers offer deals on Thanksgiving day?
Dick Blume / The Post Standard

POSTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 4:07pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:13pm

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!

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It is a shame that we can't take one full day out of the year to show that we are thankful for what we have. The people who are insistent on going shopping are just teaching their children that they are not thankful. They need to go buy more STUFF to not be thankful for next year!

Giving the public an option to buy on Thanksgiving reflects the fact that the people who do so are outrageuous profiteers and and that they lack of respect for their enployees.
I personally like WalMart,but some of the employees there should realise that they are there to serve the public, not greet them with a morose and unpleasant attitude. GGGRRR!

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