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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Unions: anti-employee

Read the whole thing for good perspective and a dose of healthy skepticism towards union dealings.

Most of the commentary on the ongoing propaganda campaign against Wal-Mart ignores what is probably the most important aspect of it: It is primarily a labor union-inspired campaign against Wal-Mart employees, as well as the company in general. This is the essential truth of all union organizing campaigns. Historically, all of the violence, libel, and intimidation that goes along with "organizing campaigns" has been directed at competing, non-union labor, not management. The Wal-Mart campaign is no different.

(Hat-tip: Two Minute Offense.)

Wal-Mart's recent news, in case you didn't hear, is the way their new Chicago-area store (blocked from Chicago proper by an alderman) received 25,000 resumes for 325 job openings. In other words, the alderman blocked one store, but instead should have encouraged 76 of them.

Instapundit nails it:

You know, to me Wal-Mart is a lot like George W. Bush. It's not that I'm that big a fan in the abstract, really, it's just that the viciousness and stupidity revealed in its enemies tends to make me view it more favorably than I otherwise would.

Comments:

(Please keep in mind that each commenter's opinions are only his/her own.)



"Historically, all of the violence, libel, and intimidation that goes along with "organizing campaigns" has been directed at competing, non-union labor..."

Oh really? What of the murdered Coca Cola organizers in Colombia? The fired nursing home employees here in Louisville, the fired (after they injured themselves on the job) employees of Perdue Chicken in Kentucky?

Intimidation may come from some unions towards non-union employees, but what I generally hear are stories of the opposite sort, usually from low income, desperate workers who are just trying for fair treatment.

The union's day has not come and gone despite assertions to the contrary.
 


I think you generally hear one side of the story.

The scope of this post is the US. Lots of stuff happens in lawless parts of the world, and I won't justify any of it. Nor should you.

Low-income, desperate workers are the ones applying for the Wal-Mart jobs (in the original post), not waging war on non-union employees.
 

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