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  •  I was in Target a few days ago (11+ / 0-)

    As I walked up, the woman working checkout was talking in hushed and urgent tones to the woman working the next aisle over. She turned and greeted me and said, "We were talking about Black Friday. I have to be at work from 7:45 on Thanksgiving night until 8:30 the next morning." She looked like she wanted to cry.

    I gather Target is opening at midnight Black Friday morning--presumably she has to go in to help get the store ready.

    This is ridiculous. It's true that my personal boycott will mean nothing, because I would rather still a fork in my eyes than shop on Black Friday. But that shouldn't stop us from trying to do our little bit.

    People who say, well these people chose to take these jobs knowing they might have to work on holidays miss the point. We need to change the choices that are available to people. As someone said above, in a union work place, if someone had to work on a holiday, at least assignment would be made equitably. People could plan. And unions could negotiate for a high enough premium on pay for holiday hours to discourage people being forced to work them, except for essential services. Hospitals need to be open. Stores do not. The current "choices" available to workers are the result of 30 plus years of assaults on unions and on the living standards of working people, starting with Ronald Reagan busting the traffic controllers union. So now we have lots of people who are desperate to work and have no bargaining power.

    Buying and selling are not the ulimate aims of existence. The marketplace is merely a means to the end of a good life. And a good life means people have time to have real holidays, with family, friends, free to travel and be together. Or simply to be.

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