Thanks to all of my readers for your readership and support. I wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday.
I, too, will be at home with family to appreciate what I have. Part of what I am thankful for is that I am not forced to work on the holiday. Nor will I shop on Thanksgiving day (and Friday at 12:00 am). Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and former Secretary of Labor, summarized the situation well:
"At least a dozen U.S. mega-retailers are opening for the first time this Thanksgiving Day. It’s the latest example of the race to the bottom led by Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, which for years has scheduled work on Thanksgiving. The expansion of hours will take more than a million employees away from their families during the holiday. The big retailers say it’s their employees’ choice, ... but it's hardly a choice: If they’re scheduled but don’t work, it’s counted as a missed day, and too many missed days mean they’re fired. If they’re working part-time (as an increasing number are) they can’t afford not to work when they’re scheduled to... Please support Walmart workers – and, by extension, low-wage workers across America – by boycotting Walmart this Friday. You might go a step further: Don’t shop in any big retailer Thanksgiving Day."
You might also read this commentary why people who shop on Thanksgiving are part of the problem. Instead, shop at national retailers that have pledged to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. Some posts in this blog about Walmart: