Costco commies: “Our employees deserve Thanksgiving with their families”

Helping to cement its growing reputation as a commie front, Costco announced that it will be giving its 127,000 employees the day off on Thanksgiving.

Costco’s “Black Friday” sales will therefore begin on, you know, Friday.

Costco revealed its un-American plot to ThinkProgress.

costcoIn all seriousness, Costco has long had a reputation for being good to its employees.

Contrast that to Walmart (which discriminated against people with disabilities, cut back employee and spousal health coverage, keeps selling assault weaponssold a book about curing gays, and my personal favorite, was the only store willing to decorate a birthday cake for a child named Adolf Hitler) and Whole Foods (run by a right-wing wacko).

I remember talking to a woman working at Costco during one of my recent visits, and asked her about how employees were treated by the company. She gushed with admiration for her bosses. Then told me she used to work at Walmart, and how they had to work holidays all the time at Walmart. But not at Costco.

The Washington Post has more on what makes Costco such a unique company:

The decision is in keeping with the ethos at Costco, which has long shrugged off Wall Street’s complaints about how well it pays its retail workers (Costco even gave raises during the recession). A 2013 report put the company’s average hourly wage at $20.89, far above the minimum wage. It showers employees with good benefits, from low health-insurance premiums to matching and profit-sharing contributions in their 401(k) plans.

And while longtime CEO James D. Sinegal left the helm in 2012, Costco appears to be sticking with its knitting under his successor, Craig Jelinek. The new CEO has spoken out publicly for an increase in the minimum wage and has pledged to maintain his predecessor’s approach to employees. “If you treat consumers with respect and treat employees with respect, good things are going to happen to you,” he told Bloomberg BusinessWeek last year.

Walmart, on the other hand — its problems continue to this day.


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  • Bubbles

    Well, its good and bad.

    A lot of Walmart and Sam’s employees were planning on having their Thanksgiving day meal at Costco – lavish themselves by spending $1.50 on a quarter pound hotdog & soda.

    Yeah, the Walmart employees are left out in the cold again.

  • ksimms

    Interesting how almost every sector leader like Costco, Container Store, and In-N-Out treats their employees better than their competitors. Higher productivity and lower turnover. What a concept! It’s almost as if you get what you pay for.

  • Funky Bluester

    I have been a Costco customer for more than 15 years, first in Massachusetts and now in Florida. I noticed early on that they not only have employees that work hard and enjoy it but they retain those employees over many years.

  • Chrissy

    I agree — $1.50 hot dog and soda is what America is about! USA! USA!

  • dcinsider

    Why does Costco hate America? It is their duty to be open by 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. What a disgrace!

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Unfortunately the nearest Costco to us is an hour drive away. I so wish they would open a store here in the university town we live in. It has grown to the point I suspect it could support it, and we could leave the Sams Club and Walmart in the dust where they belong.

  • caphillprof

    We cannot talk about Costco without mentioning their $1.50 12-inch hotdog and soda.

  • Indigo

    Ditto me. And my Costco is right around the corner. Too tempting, at times.

  • sonoitabear

    I’ll be having a relaxed Thanksgiving with MY family (no rush to get through the meal just to hurry out and risk being trampled by other deranged shop-a-holics that night), so why shouldn’t THEY? Just one more reason I’m glad I’m a Costco member…

  • nicho

    AND, if you work at Costco for more than two years, you cannot be fired by the local manager. It has top be done by headquarters. That prevents some little Napoleon from cutting you loose. The CEO said they figure that if you work there for more than two years, they owe you that much.

  • Costco is proof that a company doesn’t have to rely on billions of dollars in subsidies from the government to supplement their employee’s income. But above all, it is proof that they don’t have to treat their employees like crap to get them to work, and still make a handy profit.

  • Macbill

    Hello. My name is macbill. I am a Costco-holic. I’m a single man, yet I buy 12 packs of paper towels: pity me. It takes me 2 yrs to go through a purchase of toilet paper. Costco roasts coffee at my store. I’m hooked.

  • We were down at our local Costco just two days ago doing some food and supplies shopping. Also, I wanted to stop by their optical department to see if they could fix my eyeglasses (a screw had fallen out…and of course they repaired them for free).

    If there’s one thing I’ve always noticed on our frequent visits, it’s their employees are always joking with each other and seem to be having a good time. I rather like seeing that.

    The fact someone could work part-time there and, at their average hourly rate, still take home about $30k/year is no doubt one of the reasons.

    I’m GLAD Costco is closed on the holidays.

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