Westport Democrat State Rep to Repeal Thanksgiving for Store Employees

( – promoted by Garrett)

     There was a rumor last year that my store was going to open up on Thanksgiving but we did not.  At the same time there was a rumor that we were going to open up on Easter and well, we did – and this year as well.

    Yes, I’ve already taken off Easter, Thanksgiving, & Christmas in 2009 & 2010 (as I can request a day off up to 1 year in advance.  Yes, I’ve already taken off the April 16-18 MassGOP State Convention as well).


It’s a lot for the Legislature’s plate, but Rep. Michael J. Rodrigues wants Thanksgiving carved out of the state’s Blue Laws, leaving only Christmas as the last of 10 national holidays on which stores must be closed.

The Westport Democrat’s proposed bill, which would clear the way for shoppers to travel over the river and through the woods to their favorite mall – but not liquor stores and bars – will be taken up at the State House May 12.

Evelyn T. Reilly, director of public policy for the Massachusetts Family Institute and a grandmother to 20 children, called the spreading abandonment of traditional values “an insidious trend.”

Stores that choose to open on Thanksgiving could not force employees to work, and those who volunteered to come in would be paid at least time and a half.

    That is how we were paid for Easter.


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