Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday

The "working poor" are working today

The “working poor” are working today

There are more than 16 million retail workers in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this year many big-name stores have asked them to work through the Thanksgiving holiday. It seems Black Friday has now become Black Thursday, and at least a dozen stores are opening their doors in the middle of turkey day.

Those working on Thanksgiving are likely to be working part-time for low wages, and despite their low income many are also the primary earners in their households. Here’s a look at who decided to stay open this year, and a snapshot of who’s likely working this Thanksgiving.—Von Diaz

Editor’s Note: This post appears courtesy of COLORLINES: NEWS FOR ACTION where it first appeared on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. To go to website:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/11/working_on_thanksgiving.html

 

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