Target defends Thanksgiving opening: "There are more volunteers than shifts to fill"

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Target argues opening on Thanksgiving is a win-win for customers and employees.
Yesterday, a "save Thanksgiving" petition with more than 350,000 signatures was delivered to Target's corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. But if petitioners are hoping Target will reconsider plans for a Thanksgiving evening opening, they're almost certainly in for a disappointment, as last week Target addressed the controversy in a post published on its "A Bullseye View" blog.

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"When we made the decision to open our doors at 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the first thing we did was reach out to all of our store leaders and ask them to have discussions with their team members and seek volunteers wanting to work," Tina Schiel, executive VP, is quoted as saying. "We had so many team members who wanted to work on Thursday that hundreds of our stores are now keeping lists of volunteers who want to work if shifts open up."

"Across the company, only one-third of Target's store team members are scheduled to work on Thanksgiving, and we continue to hear from store after store that there were more volunteers than shifts to fill," Schiel added.

And here's a statement from Jodee Kozlak, executive human resources VP:
"Target is a family-focused retailer and we want to do everything we can to respect the time our team members spend with their families. We recognize that our opening time has required many of our team members to adjust their family schedules and we thank them. All team members working on Thanksgiving and certain hours on Friday will receive additional pay. And we're taking extra steps to make sure our teams feel healthy and keep up their energy throughout their shifts."
The blog post also contains Target's response to "Additional Commonly Asked Questions related to Target's Thanksgiving weekend hours," including "Why the earlier opening?" (in short, Walmart's doing it), "Will executives have to work on Thanksgiving?" (it depends), and "What about the petitions?" (it's a free country). To read Target's responses in full, click to page two.


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injas1987
injas1987

I work at Target, I was scheduled on Thanksgiving, and never was asked whether I wanted to or not. I had to put up quite a fight so I could have the evening off so I could be home to spend the time with family and relatives.

Ryan Schmidt
Ryan Schmidt

If I got time and half, yes.. Otherwise, no..

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

@cindy Pederson, they did 3 or so years ago when they started the practice.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

Bryanne, many gas stations do close at night!

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Do they mean volunteer like "volunteer or we will give your job to someone else"?

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

I highly, highly doubt that they have loads of "volunteers" and knowing how they handled their whole unionization thing.....I'm guessing their persuasive tactics led to any "so-called" volunteers.......8pm....really???? so sad

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Target is a notorious SCAB company that treats its employees badly no benefits low wage keeps them part time so they can cheat them out of unemployment benefits etc. They need a union Teamsters no scab companies in Minneapolis.!

Cindy Pederson
Cindy Pederson

Why doesn't anyone complain that McDonald's and Super America are open on Thanksgiving? It's retail and it's a given you'll work on a holiday. Quit picking on Target! K-Mart has 3 door busters on Thanksgiving...go pick on them instead!

Bryanne Horne
Bryanne Horne

I have to work overnight Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving night, because I work at a gas station. I don't see anyone throwing up petitions for all the gas stations to close down because it's 'unfair' for anyone to have to work on Thanksgiving. No, you probably need some gas on Thanksgiving, and that's why we're here. It's life, and I will enjoy the holiday pay I receive on my paycheck. It's not a big deal that some big box retail outlets are open for a few hours on Thanksgiving. Their employees will be compensated.

Tim Burkhardt
Tim Burkhardt

It's interesting to watch the TV ads for Mills Fleet Farm... quite a difference. Check it out.

mark.gisleson
mark.gisleson

I believe Target on this one. I would be shocked if one-third of their employees failed to crawl through broken glass for more hours in an effort to keep their families' heads above water or their tuition bills paid.

 

That doesn't make this right. Do we need a return to blue laws that forbid corporations from making people work on holidays and maybe even Sundays? I'm not sure, I just know that that's a decision best made by people and not corporations.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Must be hard to meet with store team members when you have private planes, cell phones and ipads, weekdays off to make up for the weekend worked days and assistants. Store team members are laughing at your dishonesty.

Kieron
Kieron

"...As the doors open Thursday night, the majority of our leaders at headquarters and throughout the country will be in stores meeting our guests, working together with our store teams and celebrating their outstanding efforts."

 

The last sentence is particularly saccharine and eyeroll-inducing.  Like anyone believes that.

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