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Old 11-12-2017, 03:41 PM
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I work at Michaels Arts and Crafts. On black friday, the store opens at 6am and every employee is scheduled to work at some point of the day or another.

There are about 25 of us non-management employees, and we were talking about how hillarious it would be if all of us, in unison, just randomly and unnannounced, did not show up for work on black Friday.

In other words, the store manager, the assistant manager and a couple department heads get there shortly before opening, and at 6am, as a total suprise to them, none of the employees show up and they have a mob of customers and no workers.

When they start calling us, we all say "We all bound together to give ourselves the day off, we will all report back to work on our next scheduled shift." and then hang up.

This conversation started out as a joke, but now we are seriously considering doing it, as long as we are 25 strong in this.

My question is, could we likely do it without losing our jobs?

I mean, what exactly is management going to do? Fire us all and not have a staff?

Having to close the store down indefinitely, desperately scrambling to recruit a new staff in an economy where every retail store is hiring (meaning they have to pay extra to get retail job seekers to apply there as opposed to other stores if they want a new staff in any kind of short order) then training that new staff, and being able to reopen the doors in a couple weeks if they're lucky.......all in the midst of the holiday shopping season?

Not a good business model. In my experience it takes a few weeks of training and supervision before a new hire is completely self-sufficient and knowledgable at my store. My guess is the store, in firing us all, would maybe be able to reopen around mid-december with a new, wet behind the ears staff who will need constant help for any register issue or customer queery, management running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and the whole remainder of the christmas rush being an ineffiecient mess with lots of irritated and unsatisfied customers.

In other words, if we did this 25 strong, would management have no choice but to begrudgingly keep us all on staff?

Old 11-12-2017, 04:18 PM
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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Is there something wrong with you?
Old 11-12-2017, 04:47 PM
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Google PATCO.
Old 11-12-2017, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by tnff View Post
Google PATCO.
You went back 36 years to find an example and nothing about the dynamics are even close to being the same. The government can operate at a loss. The private sector cannot.
Old 11-12-2017, 05:24 PM
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Old 11-12-2017, 05:32 PM
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Really? You've spoken with all 25 employees? I can assure you, you're being played for a fool. The others will show up for work, leaving you and maybe one or two others to be handed your walking papers the next time you show up for work. I have a hard time believing 25 people are not only that stupid, but also dishonorable.

The retail world will carry on without you.
Old 11-12-2017, 05:41 PM
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Sure! Do it!
Old 11-12-2017, 05:44 PM
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Why? What's the point? What do you think you'll prove?
Old 11-12-2017, 05:44 PM
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Grow up!
Old 11-12-2017, 06:27 PM
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Clayfighter, why would this seem funny? To stick your thumb in your boss's eye?

And yes, I think you'd all be fired. Because management would be left wondering what you're all going to do next to sabotage the store.

And you can forget getting a good recommendation.
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