Sunday, November 25, 2012

Union Epic Fail: Only 50 Wal-Mart Employees Protest

From the Washington Examiner:  Wal-Mart claimed today that the much-hyped Black Friday protests at the non-union retail giant fizzled out, with only 50 associates – their term for employees – taking part. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which organized the protests, disputed that figure though. It said “hundreds and hundreds” joined in at events across the country. The Washington Examiner could not find an independent estimate for the protests.
Even assuming the UFCW figure is correct, that is pretty small given that Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest employer, with 1.4 million people working at its stores. Wal-Mart also claimed at least 10 million transactions since its stores opened late Thursday, which would make 2012 its best Black Friday ever.
The UFCW, whose members mainly work for Wal-Mart’s competitors, has long battled the retail giant. It backed it a now-defunct non-profit group called Wake-Up Walmart, which attacked the retailer. More recently, it has backed groups called OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart.
I think Wal-Mart's number are closer to being correct as most Wal-Mart employees were working on Good Friday.
But, no matter how you look at it, the union protest were an epic failure.  Wal-Mart had a great weekend, sales wise, very few employees protested
Most people are tired of the UFCW hiring picketers outside Wal-Mart stores, paying them unsustainable wages with no health insurance or other benefits, so they ignore the protests and go shopping at Wal-Mart anyways.
Maybe the SEIU should stop wasting their dues paying members money and stop trying to unionize Wal-Mart employees.  It's just not going to happen.

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