I actually was a history major in college (doubled with political science). History is taught with a bias in AmeriKKKa, always demonizing anything that isn't capitalist nor imperialist.
So you chose
to get a degree in a field where you knew the instructors would lie to you.
Most airlines aren't an essential public service and thus can choose not to operate on holidays. El Al doesn't operate on the Jewish Sabbath. Even Ryanair doesn't fly on Christmas Day. Why shouldn' t retail employees enjoy holidays like the privileged can?
Yes, that's a purely capitalist idea. The concept that a company can choose to do what it wants in service of its consumers or its ideology is capitalist in nature. In communism or socialism that decision would be taken away from the organization, from the employee & the consumer.
Why shouldn' t retail employees enjoy holidays like the privileged can?
Because the consumer has decided that they want to shop on Thanksgiving, that's why. So, the retailer has decided (capitalism, at work again), to react to the consumer demand...once again, capitalism. If you don't want to work on a holiday, or a weekend, or at odd hours, choose
a field that your history/political science degree will be of use.
Check your privilege.
Please. I suspect most of the folks on this board work weekends, nights and holidays. Further, they entered the field knowing full well that they would be required to do so.
Changing jobs is not always easy for everyone, especially for those working low-wage jobs.
Actually, it's very easy to change jobs when you are low-skilled/low-waged, because those jobs are easy-entry jobs. They are designed for the ill-trained, non-trained or low-skilled. That's why they don't pay very well. You want better pay? Distinguish yourself. Make yourself invaluable. Be better than the guy next to you. And, if your employer doesn't reward you, find an employer that will.
They should be paid a living wage and the opportunity to have the same quality of life as salaried workers.
I'm salaried and I work nights. I have, and will again, work weekends. And, this year, my schedule says I get to work Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. But, that's the field I have chosen.
When seconds count...the police are minutes away.
Unless it's expressly prohibited, it's allowed.
You are not entitled to a public safe space.
Ego Bibere Capulus, Ut Aliis Sit Vivere