If Mega-Retailers Want to Start Black Friday Early, Employees Should Receive Double Pay on the Holiday

Forty-seven years ago, Robert Kennedy cautioned that "too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things." But this Thanksgiving, while most of us will enjoy a day off and a home-cooked meal with our families, even a four day weekend away from work and time to get a start on holiday shopping, millions of Americans will be hard at work in major retail outlets instead of home celebrating. They're losing their holiday just so we can go shopping on Thanksgiving Day instead of the next morning, and that sacrifice should count for something.

Realistically, there will be no blue laws to keep these businesses closed on Thanksgiving, but the Legislature should mitigate consumerism's impact on this nationally-recognized family holiday by providing extra compensation to workers who are making this sacrifice so billion-dollar companies can start their Black Friday sales early. This is my goal in authoring Assembly Bill 67, the Double Pay on The Holiday Act.