By Mary Pat Tifft (Contact)
To be delivered to: Rob Walton, Walmart President
This Thanksgiving, while millions of families plan to spend quality time with their loved ones, Walmart Associates have been told we will be stocking shelves and preparing for sales starting at 8pm. I have worked at the Walmart in Kenosha, Wisconsin for 24 years, and while I love my job, I cannot silently watch while my fellow Associates are forced to be away from their families on Thanksgiving.
My son is coming home from Afghanistan for the holiday, and I would be devastated if I had been scheduled to work. I see the disappointment and heartbreak in the eyes of my co-workers, especially those with young kids, who aren’t going to be able to share the holiday with their families.
This early start to Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day is one more example of Walmart’s disconnect with the workers who keep the stores running and the company’s disregard for all of our families. As the largest employer in the country, Walmart could be setting a standard for businesses to value families, but instead, this is one more Walmart policy decision that hurts our families.
Will you join me and tell Walmart to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families by not starting sales on Thanksgiving Day?
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