Tell Target to Save Thanksgiving
  • Petitioned Gregg Steinhafel

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President & CEO, Target Corporation
Gregg Steinhafel

Tell Target to Save Thanksgiving

    1. Anthony Hardwick
    2. Petition by

      Anthony Hardwick

      Omaha, NE

Update: November 24, 2011

In a few short weeks, over 200,000 people joined Target employee Anthony Hardwick in calling on Target to save Thanksgiving for its employees, their families and consumers by opening on Black Friday. Anthony's petition changed the way the country talked about how retailers let sales trump family time on Thanksgiving. The campaign received a massive amount of media attention from local newspapers to the national nightly news.

Anthony's campaign received a boost when another Target employee in Minnesota joined consumers and faith leaders in delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures to Target's corporate headquarters. Anthony also inspired over 150 other petitions on Change.org calling on other major retailers to save Thanksgiving and put employees and families first. Many of the campaigns, as well as other new petitions focused on improving workplace conditions, were started by current retail workers inspired by Anthony's brave efforts.

Are you inspired by Anthony's campaign? You can start your own petition on Change.org here.

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A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day.  By opening the doors at midnight, Target is requiring team members to be in the store by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A full holiday with family is not just for the elite of this nation -- all Americans should be able to break bread with loved ones and get a good night's rest on Thanksgiving!

Join me in calling for Target retail stores to push back their original opening time of 5am on Black Friday.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Amazing! 200k people against #BlackThursday hours

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Target and other major retailers have taken notice. In just two weeks, Anthony's petition received a massive amount of positive media coverage. You can be certain that retailers will consider your objections when they schedule their openings next year.

    2. Reached 200,000 signatures
    3. Join the conversation on Facebook

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony created a Facebook page to continue discussing the campaign to Save Thanksgiving. Join the conversation by visiting the link below.

    4. So close to 200,000 signatures!

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow, and we're closing in on 200,000 signatures. Can we get there by the end of today?

    5. Target Employee Seth Coleman Delivers Your Signatures

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      A Target worker in Northfield, Minnesota hand-delivered 190,607 Change.org signatures to Target executives yesterday - in front of twenty or so TV cameras, photographers and reporters. Click the link below to watch an example of the massive media coverage from yesterday and today.

    6. Delivering your signatures to Target HQ tomorrow

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      A Target employee in Northfield, Minnesota will be delivering your signatures to Target HQ in Minneapolis tomorrow! Can Anthony's petition receive 200,000 signatures by Monday? Keep spreading the word!

    7. Retail Worker 'Rebellion' Spreads to Best Buy

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony Hardwick's petition asking Target to save Thanksgiving has inspired retail workers in other parts of the country to start their own campaigns. A Best Buy employee in Tampa, Florida has already recruited 7,000 people to his campaign against opening on Thanksgiving Day.

    8. Widespread Coverage of Anthony's Campaign

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony's petition has been reported on by hundreds of media outlets, including international newspapers. Check out this Wall Street Journal MarketWatch interview with Anthony about his campaign.

    9. Reached 150,000 signatures
    10. More retailers announce Thanksgiving Day hours

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Toys 'R' Us announced today that it plans to open their store at 9pm on Thanksgiving Day, increasing pressure on other chains in what's become a retail "arms race" for post-Thanksgiving customers. What store will be next?

    11. Reached 50,000 signatures
    12. Anthony Hardwick Talks to ABC World News About Target's New Hours

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Petition creator and Target employee Anthony Hardwick speaks with ABC World News about why he decided to launch a campaign against the new opening hours.

    13. Reached 12,500 signatures
    14. The New York Times Reports on Anthony's Campaign

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      Target is coming under increasing pressure to change its Thanksgiving Day policy, thanks to attention from major media outlets. This week, petition creator Anthony Hardwick spoke to the New York Times about his petition and why it's important for employees to have time with their families.

    15. Reached 2,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sha Real SOUTHPORT, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is totally unnecessary...but family time is necessary

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    • Thaddeus Jude BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 3 years ago

      Target employees should work when Target is open. Too bad for them.

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    • Jessica Taylor-Tibbles LA CROSSE, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      I remember watching the videos of people being trampled on for Black Friday sales when I was younger and have been terrified of the day ever since. This year was my first year working retail during the holiday and I was petrified but everything went better than expected. People were patient, but I'm guessing only because the store is very cramped and if you start something, someone is gonna say something back. :P

      Speaking of which, the holidays should be all businesses closed days. I would like to spend time with my family, thank you very much.

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    • Elizabeth Manske STOCKTON, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Thanksgiving is supposed to be a National Day of Thanksgiving- a day where we, as Americans collectively give thanks for our family, lives, liberty and the bounty we are so lucky to have. The Friday after Thanksgiving was traditionally the first shopping day of the Christmas season because that's what was next- Christmas. I'm saddened and sickened to see such an important American celebration reduced to "Black Friday Eve"

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    • Dave Myres SMETHPORT, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      They HAVE JOBS!! Something at LEAST 9% of Americans don't. They should be thankful for that!!

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