By Evan Henerson
On the one hand, more big box stores are staying open for Thanksgiving. At the same time, an increasing number of workers are pushing back, protesting having to work on Black Thursday.
Welcome to Holiday Shop-a-palooza 2017. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone, your tablet and plenty of plastic.
In her business round-up, the Orange County Register’s Lisa Liddane notes seven retail trends shaping the Black Friday picture in OC and beyond.
The first is vintage “No, really, Yathink?” More and more retailers are planning store open hours for post – or even pre – Thanksgiving meal shopping. The usual culprits: Walmart, Sears, Target, Kmart will all be primed with Black Friday-creep discounts at the ready. If restaurants and movie theaters are already open and booming, the greedy reasoning goes, why not retail?
It’s trend #2 that we like here at Labor 411: the worker revolt, such as it is. Liddane notes that several petitions, including Labor 411’s change.org protest, are cropping up urging the CEOs of these stores to have a heart and give their employees a (paid) break on Thanksgiving. Not surprisingly, store representatives say they’ve reached out to their employees and discovered there are thousands who say they actually want to work on Thanksgiving.
Then there are those that don’t. Making Change at Walmart reports that several Walmart workers at the chain’s 1,000 locations are organizing strikes to protest the early store openings.
Liddane reports: “A petition titled “Tell Walmart to Give Thanksgiving Back to Workers and Families!” started last week on signon.org, the online campaign platform of MoveOn.org, has more than 30,000 signatures.
Such petitions aren’t likely to make retailers reconsider their decision to open Thursday, Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of The NPD Group Inc. said.
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