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Thanksgiving Bill Could Offer Employees Three Times Normal Wage

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Kate Liebers) -- An Ohio representive has announced his launch of an "anti-war" on Thanksgiving.

Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) is proposing a bill that would allow retail workers to be paid at least three times their normal wages during holiday hours. The bill would also give these employees the opportunity to opt out and have the day off.

Foley said he has seen enough of stores opening the doors earlier and earlier, luring Christmas shoppers away from their families with promises of great deals.

"I just think this is disturbing, it's a disturbing trend," Foley said. "Years ago people were talking about a war on Christmas. Well I think this is almost like a war on Thanksgiving."

He said he doesn't like using one holiday to shop for another. He said Thanksgiving should be for families and Christmas shopping takes buyers and sellers away from theirs. 

"I don't like this trend of commercializing Thanksgiving, which is what I think we are doing," he said.

Foley said it is too late to stop the "war" on Thanksgiving this year, but hopes it will be enforced by Thanksgiving 2014.

 
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