November 27th, 2013
09:40 PM ET

Working on Thanksgiving - do or don't?

The question many of you may be contemplating tomorrow - to shop or not to shop? - now that more stores than ever are opening their doors on Thanksgiving.

But as you can imagine, not everyone is happy about having to work the pre-Black Friday Holiday blitz.

Many folks who are being called in maintain Thanksgiving should be a day for family and friends, not work.

OutFront: Mediaite's Joe Concha and CNN.com Contributor Dean Obeidallah.

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  1. Andrew

    LoL , your beautiful Erin.
    enjoy watching the show when i can.

    November 29, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    One of the crappiest Christmases I had was when I had to stay an hour late waiting a table of 8 who stiffed me on the tip...


    What I did when I was bartending, since I'd usually have to work Xmas and Thanksgiving, was try to create my own personal holidays, like Super Bowl Sunday, a time to BBQ and have some beers with friends & that the other bartenders were eager to work anyway.

    November 28, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  3. Lou DePalma

    Customers who shop and support stores that open on Thanksgiving should be ashamed of themselves. These companies are only contributing to eroding families and civil society. Really, you can't support and encourage family unity for your customers and associates. I will do everything in my power to see this fail.

    November 28, 2013 at 12:16 am | Reply
  4. Lynn Eberhart

    Note that Walmart does not pay time and a half for holidays: This info comes from CNN Money.com:
    Wal-Mart calculates "holiday pay" for its workers differently than many of its rivals - Target, Sears, Kmart, J.C. Penney and Toys R Us - who pay workers time and a half.
    Wal-Mart gives employees a regular hourly wage plus additional pay for working the Thanksgiving holiday. The additional pay is equal to the average daily wage in the two weeks leading up to the holiday.
    That would mean that if a worker worked an 8-hour shift on Thanksgiving day and also an average of 8 hours a day in the two weeks prior, she would double her pay - or at $10 an hour, $80 extra.
    The problem is that workers say their hours are cut prior to the holidays, so their average daily wage also goes down.
    Last year, one worker's hours were cut by five hours a week before the holiday.Thsis possible due to the additional employees they hire during the holidays (ones she also ge no benefits). Her hours were also cut in the weeks after the holiday, which further decreased her pay. She said some associates in her store had their hours slashed from 40 per week to 24 in the weeks after. "The extra pay is not really a benefit, since they cut your hours," she said. "Your paycheck either equals the same amount or it ends up being less."
    Wal-Mart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan confirmed that Wal-Mart holiday pay is structured this way.

    November 28, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  5. Jay

    I think we should all have time to relax with our families. Unfortunately I have had to work in retail due to layoffs. The place I work it is mandatory to work the day after Thanksgiving. Your sarcastic guest should work a few black Fridays. Then I want to here his big mouth comments. Erin do a better job with your panel experts.

    November 28, 2013 at 12:06 am | Reply

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