To: Retail CEOs

Pledge to Not Shop on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that retail workers receive. By opening stores on Thanksgiving, stores rob thousands of men and women the opportunity to spend time with their families.

A holiday with family should not be a luxury for the rich; we believe that all workers deserve the chance to relax and give thanks with loved ones.

We, as consumers, have the power to tell stores not to open on Thanksgiving by staying home. We hereby pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving Day, to show the retail industry that everyone deserves a holiday.

Why is this important?

In retail, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only two holidays that workers traditionally receive. Now that many stores are choosing to open on Thanksgiving, that break is being taken away, denying retail workers the rare opportunity to spend a holiday with their families. And most of these workers are only being paid minimum wage for their trouble.

A holiday should not be a luxury for the rich – all workers deserve time to spend with loved ones.


Reasons for signing

  • Let me finally have a thanksgiving with my dad. He has been the General Manager of retail stores my entire life. I don’t remember a single thanksgiving with him anymore. He doesn’t deserve that.
  • Give commerce a rest on a day reserved for family to gather to be grateful. It is the right thing to do.
  • If no one shopped on Thanksgiving, the stores wouldn't open. Even though companies say they are closed, thousands of employees work through the night to be ready for Friday. Amazon employees, FedEx, all the delivery companies. Don't shop or order anything on line from Wednesday to Friday. 23 years in the retail industry showed me that , as we all know, it all comes down to the almighty dollar. So, don't shop or buy anything online from Wednesday to Friday. Stand up for American people ...