The powerful tool of unions. If you don't give us what we want, we will shut you down. STRIKE. This is followed by threats, intimidation, fear and violence. The only winners in unions are union members. Remember, we the fixed income and low wage people are the main ones that pay for high union salary and benefits. When a group gets a large increase in salary and benefits these are what results: increase in the cost of living; increase in taxes; decrease in employment; and creates more poor people. Think about it.
Would be interesting to know if the Unions have consider looking at the BIG picture. Labor pool has changed dramatically since the strike of 2003. We have far more unemployed, let me rephrase that....far more skilled labor that are unemployed. Grocery positions would be easily filled with far better employees than in 2003. Also what would the public's perception be of picketers demanding more, when today's economy is in free-fall with cutbacks being the norm. Just a few thoughts to ponder. Stores are also struggling just to maintain same store sales, competition in California is fierce. Many more Winco's and Super Wal-Marts to shop than in 03" This one could go much longer than 4 months, or could also force some struggling stores to close. A strike in this environment is a no win situation for all parties involved. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail.
Also let's add to this equation the housing market. In 2003 mortgage's where not upside down as in today's market. That means no equity for the striking workers to dip from. Most wouldn't last two weeks let alone four months.
Have any of these workers looked at what is happening at State and Federal levels where government employees are being made to pay for part of their health care. Don't any of them think that the Companies hold the best hand with unemployment so high. It's time they take a look at what is going on around them, the world has changed.