Opinion: Workers need rights as well as turkey

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

It’s Thanksgiving time again, which for the last couple of years has meant more and more big box retail stores are open on Thanksgiving itself, and more employees won’t be able to spend the day with their families. It’s a setback in a year that has seen both progress and losses for the rights and security of our most vulnerable workers.

The creep of Black Friday into Thanksgiving means that many workers have a choice between earning much-needed extra money or staying home with their families, which is a lousy choice to make. Others may not get that choice at all: some Kmart employees have said that they’ve been told to show up for work that day or be fired.

Most Americans reacted to all of this by shaking their heads sadly, and then going out to shop on Thursday evening. After all, stores wouldn’t bother opening if shoppers didn’t want to rush in to get a head start on Black Friday deals. The trend of stores opening earlier and earlier is likely to continue until the idea of a day where stores are actually closed is nothing but a hazy memory with which we astonish future generations.

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