It’s Thanksgiving time again, which for the last couple of years has meant more and more big box retail stores are open on Thanksgiving itself, and more employees won’t be able to spend the day with their families. It’s a setback in a year that has seen both progress and losses for the rights and security of our most vulnerable workers.

The creep of Black Friday into Thanksgiving means that many workers have a choice between earning much-needed extra money or staying home with their families, which is a lousy choice to make. Others may not get that choice at all: some Kmart employees have

A few lawmakers are trying to stand against the tide. Here in Connecticut, a group of House Democrats want to force big retailers who open on Thanksgiving to pay workers overtime wages as a way of discouraging them from opening at all. The bill was raised and scuttled last year, and I’m doubtful it’ll make much headway in the upcoming session.

Still, all of this comes during a time when things are finally looking up a little bit for the working poor — at least a little bit. The Affordable Care Act has allowed many who simply couldn’t afford it before to get health insurance — a benefit about which large retailers are notoriously stingy.

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