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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Well, If We Can't Get Wal-Mart

Evidently organized labor has slowed it's assault on Wal-Mart for a couple of different approaches.

The first is to start going after Wally World's nearest retail competitor, Target. The United Food and Commercial Workers, who spearheaded the assault on Wal-Mart is now going after Target as their primary goal, evidently realizing Wal-Mart wasn't going to succumb to their bully tactics.

My guess is they won't be anymore successful with Target than they were Wal-Mart, but only time will tell. Target isn't in as good a position as Wal-Mart, since they do pay less (yes, someone does), and make employees wait longer for benefits. However, you may see a tweak on both of those fronts if it looks like the union will make any headway.

The second front labor is targeting; which shows their total desparation for new members; is the day laborer market. Keep in mind that a majority of that market is occupied by illegal aliens, not legal residents.

Why would organized labor, which for years complained that illegal immigration costs their members jobs suddenly decide to join forces with day laborer organizations? Easy, MONEY. By pushing for legalization of some immigrants, and then getting them on the dues paying rolls (probably vice versa) , they increase their bank account.

It will be interesting to see how the AFL-CIO sells this to their members, since for years they've been telling them that cheap foriegn labor is the cause of most of their woes. Now they are going to tell them to embrace that same group? And folks wonder why I use AFL-CIO as the punchline in half the jokes in my comedy routine.

And Rightly So also has a take on this.

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Blogger shoprat said...

With the unions it's all about more money in the pockets of the leaders. They throw the rank and file an occasional bone and some will follow them for life.

10:38 PM  
Blogger asacan said...

I hate to say it, since I prefer Target over Wal-Mart, but I think Target will fold. My impression of Target is the Bill Clinton of the retail world: they'll do anything for people to like them. They're enjoying all the business from all the people who want to call Wal-Mart the bad guys, even if they participate in nearly identical behavior.

You know my position on Unions. They don't give a damn about anyone or anything, just their ability to wield power. Unions don't produce a damn thing, and they're paid for what?! They're like the thugs on the street who force companies to pay them insurance, so the thugs don't destroy their business. The Union doesn't "own" labor, and more and more they're realizing it themselves. Great for us that their the last to realize it.

2:43 PM  

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