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Black Friday 2012

Think before you head out to Walmart or some other big box store this year.

Each year, it seems to get earlier and earlier. This year, many big box retailers are starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm to get a few steps in front of the competition.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that all Americans share – regardless of where we come from, our religion, our political party or where we live. It is a time for families to sit down together and take a well deserved break from the daily grind. This year, following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, it is especially needful to have this time.

Yet, stores like Walmart have other plans for their employees. While the profit margin will show little gain on this day, employees will still be forced to leave their homes and show up for work, often hours before the stores are set to open. There will be little time for giving thanks.

Walmart is using its wealth, its power and its influence to try to silence the workers who do speak out for something different, something better. When these workers have spoken out, Walmart has lashed out and some have had their hours cut, their schedules turned upside down, and certain workers have even been fired.

That’s not right. It’s not fair. It’s not American to try to silence workers who are coming together to call for change. The company must end its attempts to silence workers. Walmart should meet with members of OUR Walmart to discuss their concerns.

Walmart has a responsibility as the country’s largest employer to create good jobs. And the company must do more to increase hours and provide better benefits for workers.

The courage of the OUR Walmart members who are standing up for their rights is an inspiration. Long Islanders should be joining their call for action on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and in the days leading up to it. This year, perhaps more than ever, is a time to say “No” to the big boxes which demonstrate little concern for our communities and neighbors and “Yes” to those with whom we live and work. On Black Friday, why not spend your time on Main Street?

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Jeannie November 16, 2012 at 03:40 AM
As owner of the Life is good store on Main Street, I am urging everyone to think before they shop big stores or online. YOUR Main Street, like all of us, has suffered. We need your business now more than ever!!! Thank you for shopping local!
SevenSevenSeven November 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I thought people choose to work at an establishment? Who is forcing these "at will" employees to do anything? Is Walmart the only employer open for business on this day? Since when is making an honest dollar in THIS economy a luxury? Do these stores help pay local, state, and federal taxes? I'm more concerned about people that work 180 day's a year, have every concievable holiday off, their summer months off, administrative days and half days, etc. and complain they work too hard and don't earn enough? Didn't these people choose their path during their college education? Before they signed on the dotted line for employment, were they not told of the pay, benefits, work, culture, etc? Are'nt these the same people that call a raise a cut? The same people that threaten the future of our children if they don't get what they want? The same people that can't get fired, ever, after 3 years of employment? Don't they also take more from the taxpayer and our government than they give? Why is somone else ALWAYS responsible for the decisions and actions that adult individuals make on their own? Consider yourself fortunate to be employed in THIS economy, which by the way is going to continue to slide over the forseeable future.
John Dornheim November 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
When you work in a non-union shop you are at the mercy of your employer. It is not surprising that the employer is often more concerned with his or her own profit margin at the expense of the workers. You usually have no redress when your hours are cut back or you are told that you have to work another shift. You clearly have no idea as to how Walmart operates or the massive amounts of money that they make and taxes that they avoid. I've never met a person who looked forward to going on strike.
Brian November 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Teacher bashing....now that's a novel idea.
Free 2B Me November 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
In a word... Twinkies . .
2 Turn Tables November 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
What does "Black Friday" have to be black? I find it racist!
2 Turn Tables November 18, 2012 at 03:12 PM
John, that may have been the case in the 1930's. Union and organized labor are out of control. They are no longer vulnerable to labor abuses. They are now more concerned with, how much can I get for doing as little as possible. And, what is wrong with someone making money? All of a sudden, if someone is financially successful, they are vilified. Walmart makes money, its shareholders make money? Please explain to me what is wrong with that?
The Brock November 18, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Look up the meaning and you won't sound so ignorant.
2 Turn Tables November 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@ The Brock. You are the ignorant one! We have been plagued by indirect racism for centuries. "Black" Friday is racist, and so are you!
Free 2B Me November 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Black is for profits nimrod. The term for positive ink an accounting ledger. . .
2 Turn Tables November 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Black Friday still has a racist undertones!
The Brock November 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thank you Free 2b me. turn Tables, you're the racist one. Get a job.
2 Turn Tables November 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hey Brock, I was at work. What were you doing at 11:08? Other than kissing Free2bMe for online support for your absurdities?
The Brock November 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Shouldn't be playing on line if you're supposed to be working.
Free 2B Me November 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM
He covered it up by telling a white lie. . .
frank00001 November 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
White lie has rascist undertones.......
Free 2B Me November 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Is that the pot calling the kettle black? .

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