Target: Carol Meyrowitz, CEO – TJX Companies
Goal: Commend retail company for refusing to open on Thanksgiving
TJX Companies, which owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, will remain closed this coming Thanksgiving despite a growing trend to open on the holiday. As we all know, Black Friday sales have gotten progressively more and more out of control over the course of the last decade, often resulting in arrests, injuries, and damage of property. Despite this fact, retail companies continue to stoke the fires that burn within U.S. consumers by opening earlier and earlier every year; this year, a number of companies are not opening in the wee hours of Friday morning, but on Thanksgiving itself. Hopefully this decision by TJX will set a precedent for other companies in the future.
Opening on Thanksgiving day means requiring staff to work on one of the few holidays that retail employees are afforded. Companies operating in the United States are not required to give any vacation time to any employees and many rely on these national holidays for time with their families and some much-needed rest. Requiring them to work just so that companies like Macy’s and Sears can earn a few extra dollars is despicable and these companies should be ashamed of their greed.
TJX is not just helping their associates remain sane this holiday season, they are also making a statement about consumerism and corporate greed in the U.S. By remaining closed on the holiday, they have chosen to buck a trend that has set off a consumerist arms race among other companies; forcing each other to open earlier and earlier.
Hopefully TJX’s example will send a message to other retail companies that corporate profits are not worth more than time with family and also reduce the damage done by this insane, disgusting holiday tradition. Sign below to commend TJX’s CEO Carol Meyrowitz for her bold decision and help us set a new precedent.
Dear Ms. Meyrowitz,
As you well know, the obsession and madness of Black Friday has continued to grow with each passing year and this year promises to be no different. Companies continue to open earlier and earlier, only adding to the frenzied, and often dangerous, atmosphere in retail locations and malls. For this reason, TJX’s decision to buck the trend and remain closed on Thanksgiving, when others will not, is both commendable and deserving of praise.
Companies like Macy’s and Sears clearly do not see the value of giving associates more than two days a year to spend with their families and their businesses will suffer accordingly. Thank you for putting the happiness of your employees above corporate profits and sending a message that money is not the only thing in this world that matters.
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