Target: Edward Lampert, Kmart CEO
Goal: Demand that Kmart workers be permitted to take time off for Thanksgiving
Kmart employees, like everyone else, want to spend the holidays with their families, but management has made it clear that keeping the stores open on Thanksgiving Day is more important. No one should be forced to work on a holiday just so big corporations can make more money. Let Kmart know that you support the workers and will not patron businesses that disrespect their employees’ right to be with their families during the holidays.
As reported by ThinkProgress, Kmart will be opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open for 42 hours straight. Workers have reported that signs have been posted in their workplace saying that all requests for time off during the holidays will be denied. This has become a growing problem in many stores that are willing to sacrifice their workers’ holidays in order to not miss out on profits. The good news is that more and more stores are deciding to stay closed on the holiday to allow their workers to celebrate with family and friends. Some of the stores that are taking this important step include Costco, Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Please ask Kmart to join these stores in prioritizing families over profits, and let them know that you plan to do your holiday shopping at stores that respect workers’ right to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
Dear Mr. Lampert,
I recently learned that Kmart is insisting on opening its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remaining open for 42 hours straight, although employees have been asking to spend the holiday with their families. Your workers, like all of us, deserve to spend their Thanksgiving with their loved ones, and I ask that you respect that right.
Many other stores have decided to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, including Costco, Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory, Bed Bath & Beyond and more. In addition, more and more consumers have been paying attention to this issue, and prefer to do their holiday shopping at stores that prioritize families over profits. I personally plan to shop at stores that I know respect their workers and their wish to spend Thanksgiving with their families. I urge you to become one of these stores and ensure that everyone can enjoy their holiday.
Please accept the workers’ request to have Thanksgiving Day off and leave Kmart stores closed for the holiday. Thanksgiving should be about spending time with family, not about shopping.
[Your Name Here]
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