Holiday shopping is unfair to the workers

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Teresa F. Lindeman’s story “This Year, Who Needs Turkey When There’s . . . Black Thursday” in the Nov. 24 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette informs us of a new trend in American retail: stores remaining open on Thanksgiving Day. “That should be just enough time to eat and then sneak out before getting stuck doing the dishes,” Ms. Lindeman writes, explaining a situation that will require workers at some retailers to return at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The shops at the Waterfront, in Homestead, for example, will surely be teeming with shoppers, but Homestead is instructive for another reason; the grounds were the site of some of the most intense and important battles in U.S. history for union and worker’s rights. Perhaps if Ms. Lindeman wasn’t wasting time casting aspersions about shirking chores, she could have spent time speaking to the workers who will be forced to leave their families and work on this holiday.

Perhaps instead of quoting the CEO of Walmart U.S. she could choose to “sneak out” before getting stuck clearing the table and talk to the Target and Walmart workers who plan to strike Thursday in protest of the paltry wages they are paid. All of these suggestions, Ms. Lindeman, would certainly be a better use of your time than assuming that getting out of dish duty is favorable to working minimum wage during the holidays.

EMILY LEWIS

ERIC PROBOLA

Squirrel Hill


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