Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the most popular shopping day of the year. Last year, Americans spent a record $52.4 billion on that day.
But a number of major retailers are deciding to open instead on Thanksgiving Day itself, forcing many of their employees to choose between their jobs and their families.
Here’s a short list of some of the retailers who are making this anti-worker move:
– Wal-Mart: This retail behemoth — which is also facing walkouts on Black Friday — will be opening on 8 P.M. Thanksgiving Day.
– Toys R’ Us: This retailer will be matching Wal-Mart’s ultra-early opening time.
– Sears: Sears is matching Wal-Mart and Toys R’Us by having Thursday “door busters.”
– Target: Target will be opening at 9 P.M. on Thanksgiving.
– K-Mart: K-Mart has transformed its Black Friday into a Thanksgiving sale that lasts from Thanksgiving through Saturday.
This move by retailers to start their sales on Thanksgiving Day will needlessly be pulling workers away from their families on a day Americans have come to know as a well-deserved day off. But consumers can vote with their dollars and choose to shop only at locations where workers are not being made to work on this holiday.