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Union Unhappy With A&P/Pathmark Christmas Openings

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Pathmark Store (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Pathmark Store (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

WESTBURY, NY (WCBS 880) - We usually accept that, on certain days of the year, virtually everything is closed. Well, one company’s decision to open its businesses is causing controversy on Long Island.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

The grocery workers union calls the decision by A&P/Pathmark to open some of its stores on Christmas day Grinch-like.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 cited the stress of the companies ongoing bankruptcy and urged “that as this very difficult year draws to a close, now more than ever, we should respect and welcome a day off for reflection and uninterrupted time with friends and family.”

Store management says it’s based on a commitment to serve its diverse community.

“Christmas should be a day for family, to be home with the family,” said one customer on Tuesday morning.

However, most WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs spoke with defended the Christmas day opening.

John from Westbury says it’s about choice.

“Why not? Somebody needs something on Christmas morning. What are they going to do?” he said. “I’m okay with it.”

A&P/Pathmark says those employees who work Christmas day will only be those who do so voluntarily.

What do you think? Should the supermarkets be open on Christmas? Sound off in the comments section below.

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