43k Sign Petition Asking J.C. Penney To Stay Closed During Thanksgiving


J.C. Penney plans to open its doors at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, a day activists say should be reserved for relaxation.

“Thanksgiving is one of the few days per year when we are all given an opportunity to pause our busy lives and enjoy the company of our family and friends. Unfortunately, this opportunity will not be extended to J.C. Penney employees,” petition author Chris Wolverton told Care2. “Last year, despite stores opening early on Thanksgiving, sales dropped 11 percent. JCPenney can afford to give its employees the night off, and its public image will be bolstered by demonstrating it values employees’ relaxation and personal time.”

In recent years, many stores have been opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day in order to seize the Black Friday rush, facing employees “with the difficult dilemma of spending time with their families or turning down extra cash and the opportunity to impress their boss,” Wolverton writes.

Last year, J.C. Penney attempted to one-up the competition by opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, while competitors like Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, and Sears kicked off their Black Friday sales an hour later at 6 p.m. — the same time they plan to open this year.

Yet some stores have already decided to give employees the day off. Retail chain REI will stay closed on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. At least 25 other retailers have announced they will stay closed on Thanksgiving, including Staples, Gamestop, T.J. Maxx, Costco, Nordstrom, Sam’s Club and Home Depot.

View the Care2 petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/238/545/076/

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