This Thanksgiving, while many of us enjoyed a day off and a home-cooked meal with our families, millions of Americans were hard at work at major retailers, hotels, restaurants and movie theatres. Nationwide, that included nearly 1 million people who were required to work at Walmart stores alone.
In fairness, some workers volunteer to work on holidays. My daughter, stuck in New York, took the Thanksgiving shift at the coffee shop where she works so her co-workers could be home with their families. But as more retail establishments open on the holidays for longer hours, the demand for workers on those days also increases. As a result, we’ve heard example after example of workers threatened with firing if they did not come in.