Target employees protest early Black Friday opening

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MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. received six red-and-white Target bags full of petitions Monday signed by 190,000 people to protest stores opening for “Black Friday” sales at midnight Thursday.

The petitions, delivered by Target employee Seth Coleman to a representative at the retailer’s Minneapolis headquarters, were the result of an effort started by Anthony Hardwick, an Omaha, Neb., employee who said the store’s decision to advance its Black Friday opening time interfered with family gatherings.

“Thanksgiving is a holiday for family to get together,” said Hardwick, 29. “If you’re having your employees show up at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, they’re going to spend their day sleeping so they can get ready for the busiest shopping day of the year.”

Target, Macy’s, Gap, Kohl’s, and Best Buy all plan to open at midnight Thursday in an attempt to boost sales. The stores have in past years started their Black Friday sales at 3 or 4 a.m. Friday, but hours were moved earlier to boost sales and in response to customer demands.

Both Walmart and Kmart will be open Thanksgiving Day, as well as some Gap stores.

In a statement, Target said that it valued and respected the rights of workers to express their opinions.

“The decision to open at midnight … was not one we took lightly,” said Anahita Cameron, a Target director of stores human resources, in a statement. “As that is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is imperative that we be competitive.”

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/22/11 - 01:06 pm
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I really do feel for these

I really do feel for these people, I wouldn't want to go to work at midnight on Thanksgiving myself...but...if it was my job I would. There are a lot of umemployed folks that might be willing to line up for these people's jobs.

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seenitB4 11/22/11 - 06:30 pm
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Many work during the

Many work during the Holidays...nurses-doctors-telephone-firemen-polcemen-911operators-power co-gas co-restaurants-taxi-airlines-bus drivers---srs employees--security workers-

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walrus4ever 11/22/11 - 07:16 pm
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My wife works in the ER,

My wife works in the ER, sometimes its Christmas or Thanksgiving. Thats the nature of the beast but its one of many critically necessary jobs. Stores that are greedy are another matter. Ill bet the HR spokesperson wont be on the job. As far as the "marts" are concerned I wont bother to shop there at all.

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Riverman1 11/22/11 - 07:33 pm
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I'm on call for about half

I'm on call for about half the holidays of the year. I've worked most of them at one time or another and it's usually unplanned when I have to work. I've gotten the call while I was at the table for T-day dinner in the past.

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augusta citizen 11/22/11 - 07:57 pm
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Well ya do what ya gotta do

Well ya do what ya gotta do to put that turkey on the table ;)

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