* The person who responded to my post used the phrase, therefore he either agreed with its use or felt it was fair comment - I don't.
* No one is condoning unsafe working conditions - that's not relevant to this discussion at all.
* I have no objection to these people striking - I don't object to anyone taking their own lives into their own hands. I also, however, expect and would condone the dismissal or some other penalty be assigned to any employee who was scheduled to work and didn't show up without a doctor's note or a body cast. You can't assume rights without being able to accept consequences.
* True, retail is not "critical in nature", but if your business's competition is open on the holiday and you're not, that could be a critical mistake and very harmful to your business. That's also not for me to judge - that's the business owner's decision. As long as there are no laws banning retail openings on any holiday, there are no legal restrictions on you opening your store and your employees don't have a "right" to deny you staffing unless they are willing to accept unemployment as a result, if that happens.