BG: I tend to lurk on Customers Suck and I was reading an interesting thread there. The gist of it was that the OP had noticed that they weren't scheduled for Black Friday and thus chose to make plans for the day. Their boss calls later (a day or two before, IIRC) asking/telling the OP to come in for that day because they realized that they would be understaffed otherwise. And they were shocked and sincerely confused at the refusal to come in. This, apparently, was a company that tended to schedule you for more hours now and cut them later in the week, so the OP wouldn't even be making extra money by going in on the busiest day of the year.
Hehe. I had almost the idential situation, except for the last part. My second PT job is in retail, and if I'm not at my mom's for Thanksgiving, including BF, I'm willing to work. However, I also wasn't scheduled for BF this year, but then oh, a week or so out, they tried to tell me it was a mistake (it wasn't) and they needed me to work. Sorry, no can do. What really happened is I think they were told they needed more staff, and having realized they didn't schedule me, oops, we need you now.
I didn't have any concrete plans, but on principle, and the fact I didn't want to get going doing stuff at home, then have to stop and get ready and go in from 5-close, I said sorry, I have plans. They weren't thrilled with me, but oh well. I'm never under any obligation to go in if I haven't been scheduled. They can ask, but that's about it. And a week before is not the time to tell me or realize you messed up. Sorry, not happening.
With that same job; its kind of give and take regarding loyalty. Since I work FT; I don't work Sundays. I do however, work 2 nights and every Sat. Which I prefer. Every now and then they'll ask if i can work a sunday, and sometimes I do, but more often than not I don't. Yet I work any weeknight; don't ask for a set schedule, same with Sat. I will work day or closing. Doesn't matter to me.
I will say, I kind of follow the principle of "sometimes you have to say no" even if you can do something, beacuse I've found if I say yes to all of their requests, all the time, they tend to want more and more.