“It shows that the companies are not valuing their workers. They’re looking to their workers to squeeze out more profits,” Retail Action Project director Carrie Gleason said.
Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer, has been one of the biggest targets of protests against holiday hours. Many of the company’s stores are open 24 hours, but the company was offering early bird specials that once were reserved for Black Friday at 8pm on Thanksgiving instead.
A union-backed group called OUR Walmart, which includes former and current workers, was staging demonstrations and walkouts at hundreds of stores on Black Friday.
However, retailers said they are giving shoppers what they want. Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said the discounter learned from shoppers that they want to start shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner. Then they want time to sleep before they wake up and head back to the stores.