I am writing in response to Jack Miksic's Oct. 24 letter ("Retail Employees Should Unite in Refusing to Work on Thanksgiving").
Mr. Miksic, there is a much better alternative but one that will not work. The solution is not to refuse to work but to refuse to shop. The bottom line will always win out, and unfortunately most of the retail workers need those jobs or they would have quit when someone came up with opening at midnight for "Black Friday" deals (that are not really deals).
I have told my friends to stay home when they excitedly tell me they cannot wait to shop. They say it's a fun thing to do after dinner -- a bonding moment. I tell them to think about the workers who will not have bonding moments with their families, because they either cannot go home or they have to leave home to go to work.
So I propose everyone stay home or get up early (if you must, but why ruin a day off?) and shop not on Thursday but Friday. If you stay home, hopefully next year all the retail workers will have the day off to bond with their families.
Now it's Thanksgiving; next it will be Christmas, and then all employers will feel the same -- why give a day off to just shop?