Friday, June 16, 2006

Unions Wanting to Organize Wal-Mart: Can’t Get Employees’ Votes

A story a couple of months ago on MSNBC deals with the current political campaign against Wal-Mart.

It details some of the things we have already posted about: big money campaigns run by political hot-shots on both sides.

But two passages in the story stand out.
Wal-Mart’s main opponents are the Service Employees International Union, which started Wal-Mart Watch, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which funds a separate campaign called WakeUpWalMart.com

After failing to organize employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. with traditional tactics, the unions decided to use modern campaign and communications methods to drag the company into the public square and try to shame them into change.
And the following . . .
A goal of the UFCW is to show Wal-Mart’s 1.3 million U.S. employees — many of whom have a low opinion of unions or fear retribution if they organize — that unionized labor can change their workplace and lives for the better.

“For years, labor leaders were fighting Wal-Mart the old way, but times have changed,” Kofinis said. “Instead of organizing workers, they’re trying to organize the nation” against Wal-Mart.
Translation: when workers at Wal-Mart get to vote, they won’t vote to unionize.

So the unions are trying to use politics to force the giant retailer to unionize.

It’s basically a protection racket. Wal-Mart is being punished for resisting unionization.

All the rest is simply rhetoric.

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