Worked the last 3 Thanksgivings in a row. Of course, that’s because I’ve lived outside North America since 2007. Oh no wait, I didn’t work Thanksgiving 2008. I was back in the States waiting for my residence permit for Sweden to come through. Back to work tomorrow.
Yes. At my job only Thanksgiving day is observed as an actual holiday. The day after is just another friday. I chose to work Thanksgiving, hoping I would have a schedule that would get me done early (working it gives me 2.5x pay that day!). Unfortunately I ended up with a late shift. The following day is going to be late too, unfortunately.
Right now the money is too critical to pass up, especially given that Xmas day and New Years day (also paid holidays for us) are on Saturdays. Since I have Saturdays off, I can’t work those days and get the holiday pay, I only get +8 hours for that week.
I could have had it off but I picked up some overtime doing some maintenance at the facility where I am employed. The plant is officially shut down but we’ll have about a third of the staff cleaning, doing repair work and scheduled maintenance for time-and-a-half.
I work for a state agency and it is not a holiday the day after Thanksgiving. Many, if not most, people take the day off but it requires using a vacation or furlough day. But I don’t for several reasons: I am relatively new and I want to build a bank of vacation time, there is almost nobody in the office and I can get some stuff done and generally have a nice quiet day for a change, and five days straight of the kids and family time in the house would drive me nuts.
I worked in hotels so I’ve always worked holidays. When I was the IT manager it was great as the day after Thanksgiving, I could get a ton of work done, as all the sales and admins were off and not bugging me.
Ahem. As one of the people being referred to in the previous thread, I would just like to say that I was not “shocked” that people have to work on Black Friday, just “mildly surprised.” In my most recent office job, it was a small company, and they didn’t have official holidays off. We had to make a vacation request for any day we wanted off, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now I’m a freelancer so I’m either always off or never off, depending on how you look at it.