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No Thanksgiving holiday for low-wage workers [Commentary]

No Thanksgiving holiday for low-wage workers [Commentary]

As most Americans doze off in front of the TV after a few too many helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, some 20 million others will be heading out to work. Called on by their employers to work on the holiday, most feel they cannot say no — they need the money or fear reprisal. Working on Thanksgiving and other holidays is not new, but the numbers of Americans doing so is climbing, and this trend is at least as much about dwindling workers' rights as it is about depressed wages. For the first time in its 155-year history, Macy's will open its 850 stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, requiring about half of its 175,000-person work force to report for work...

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