If two Connecticut Democrats had their way, such cruelty would be illegal – they want to forbid any work on the Sabbath, or holidays. “It worked for the Puritans”, said one, “and what is Progressivism if not neo-Puritanism?” One can’t argue with religious faith, whatever its guise, but there’s this to chew on:
“We would oppose that (the proposed law),” said Timothy Phelan, president of theConnecticut Retail Merchants Association. “It’s a choice the retailer makes. They look for volunteers who want to make a little more money.”
That’s the case at Old Navy, according to Angela Grammatico, the market leader for 20 Old Navy stores in the region.
“We don’t have a hard time finding employees willing to work,” Grammatico said. “In fact, we had to turn people away.”
She said those who do work Thanksgiving are paid time and a half, given a turkey dinner and work four-hour shifts. The stores closed from 4 to 7 p.m. to prepare for the Black Friday sale.
Amster, who has worked past Thanksgivings but now gets the day off employed by her family’sRedline Restorations on Bridgeport’s Fairfield Avenue, believes the choice should be left with the employee.
“Some people need the money,” she said. “So the extra pay is nice for them.”
Progressives believe in Santa Claus, but not in the ability of individual adults to decide what’s best for them : “that’s what wise leaders are for”, say our Hartford saviors.