Target: Ms. Lorena Gonzalez, California Assemblywoman
Goal: Commend effort to force companies to pay employees double on Thanksgiving
Recently, a California assemblywoman announced a plan to introduce a bill that would force all restaurants and retailers to pay their employees double on Thanksgiving. The bill, she said, was crafted in response to the growing trend of retailers and restaurants opening on Thanksgiving day and forcing their employees to work. This action is a wonderful step in the right direction towards a fairer work environment and more laws of this nature are necessary to protect the rights of workers in the United States.
A recent study found that workers in the United States enjoy very few rights when it comes to what employers can ask of them and those that do exist are often flouted by corporations that know they can get away with it. For example, many companies require employees working more than eight hours to work through their government mandated, hour-long breaks. When workers complain about this, they are summarily dismissed from their positions as there are more applicants than available positions.
Workers at stores such as Kmart are being threatened with termination if they refuse to work on Thanksgiving, but the passage of this bill would justly compensate those who are being forced to work against their will. Ms. Gonzalez stated in the announcement of her bill that forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving is a “slap in the face” to traditional family values. Hopefully her bill will send a clear message to these companies that family is more important than consumerism.
The hours arms race that is compelling stores to remain open longer and longer hours on holidays must end. Hopefully Ms. Gonzalez’s bill will help this happen. Please sign below to show your support for workers’ rights and to show corporations that family comes before corporate profits.
Dear Assemblywoman Gonzalez,
Your intention to put forth a bill that would force retailers and restaurants to pay employees double on Thanksgiving is a wonderful step towards ensuring the rights and humanity of workers are protected from corporate greed. The passage of this bill will ensure that all workers and their families will be justly compensated for having to work on a holiday and will hopefully also discourage companies from opening altogether.
Workers in the United States enjoy few protections and those working in the retail and food service industries probably receive the least. Your intention to fight for them is both refreshing and commendable and for this reason, I would like to formally thank you. This stand against corporate greed and consumerism will hopefully set a precedent for other states around you and end the hours arms race that is making stores open earlier and earlier every holiday season. On behalf of all retail and food service employees, thank you and keep up the good work.
[Your Name Here]
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