10 Major Companies That Don't Allow Their Employees to Take Thanksgiving Off

And a list of the companies that will give workers a holiday.

Photo Credit: Kyle James, Flickr

Minimum wage protests are taking place in 340 cities next week, launched in response to the election of Donald Trump. “Just because the election went a certain way, doesn’t mean we’re going away,” Kendall Fells, organizing director of the Fight for $15, told The Hill, "It’s the exact opposite."

These protests will come less than a week after so-called Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and an unofficial holiday sustained by companies' use of low-wage workers. Many employees will work this day after also working on the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are a list of companies that require workers to punch in on Thanksgiving:

  • Walmart
  • J.C. Penney
  • Macy's
  • Best Buy
  • Old Navy
  • Toys R Us
  • Kohl's 
  • Target
  • Michaels
  • Sears

An editorial in the Iowa State Daily summarizes the problems with such a practice. "Beginning Black Friday on Thanksgiving speaks to where we are as a society," it explains. "The idea of obtaining 'more, more, more' seems to be more important than spending time away from the mainstream 'go, go, go' world we live in. It also speaks to the decreasing value we put on spending quality time with loved ones."

Here's a list of companies that are giving their workers the holiday off this year. This list grows longer every year:

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (select locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington
  • Home Depot
  • Dillard’s 
  • GameStop
  • HHGregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Costco
  • HomeGoods
  • Marshalls
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • IKEA
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Staples
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Petco
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx 
  • Von Maur

Read a complete (frequently updated) list of companies that will be closed for the holiday at

Michael Arria is an associate editor at AlterNet and AlterNet's labor editorFollow @MichaelArria on Twitter.

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