If there’s any hope for America, it’s in people like David Kaelin, the President and CEO of Game Over Videogames. He wrote a memorandum to his employees regarding the Thanksgiving holiday and it ended up being posted at Boycott Black Thursday, a Facebook page. It is almost impossible to read the small image there, but an enlarged copy can be seen at a Nice World thread: Black Thursday/Friday. I’ve written it out here for your Thanksgiving joy, and as a reminder that there are still people in business who think of their employees as humans (that is, a thing that has thoughts and needs other than those of a robot) and are not afraid to say what they think of certain employers.
From the Office of David Kaelin
President and CEO Game Over Videogames
Memorandum to All Employees
Subject: Thanksgiving Holiday Scheduling
Attention Employees of Game Over Videogames,
Many of you have been asking if we will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
No, we will not be open on Thanksgiving Day.
I do not hate you. You guys are awesome. Why on earth would I do some god awful thing like make you work on Thanksgiving Day? I can’t believe you even asked that. What kind of evil- inconsiderate- heartless- soul-sucking- black pit of doom- employer would do that?
Enjoy the day off and spend time with your family.
To sign a petition asking Kmart not to force their employees to work on Thanksgiving, go here: https://www.coworker.org/petitions/kmart-close-early-on-thanksgiving
The following information is from a petition to Walmart:
Income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, wages are at the lowest point since 1948 – even as productivity increases.
No one family is driving this trend quite like Walmart’s owners, the Waltons. The Walton family is the richest family in America with nearly $150 billion in wealth and as much money as 43% of American families combined. And yet, most Walmart workers make less than just $25,000 a year. That’s why community members are joining their calls for increased wages and access to hours. Stand with us and join us on Black Friday if the Waltons fail to respond.
America, the land of opportunity! For the already wealthy and powerful to suck the wealth out of the powerless workers, that is.