Last week fast food workers in sixty cities across the country went out on strike. The workers, most of whom earn less than $10 per hour, were protesting for a wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize without fear of management retaliation. This week it is the turn of Wal-Mart workers, who on Thursday will take part in protests in at least sixteen cities across the country.
Like their counterparts at McDonald’s and Burger King, Wal-Mart workers are protesting for higher wages – a minimum of at least $25,000 per year for full time employees – and an end to management retaliation against workers who speak out against low wages, poor conditions and employer intimidation. Since June, Wal-Mart has fired 20 workers and disciplined at least 80 others who had participated in strikes and protests.
The past 12 months has been the most eventual year in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history. Thursday’s national day of action is simply the latest round of protests that began with the first-ever strikes by Wal-Mart workers and workers in warehouses under contract with Wal-Mart last September. After a highly successful national day of action on Black Friday, Wal-Mart workers again walked off the job in April, protesting low wages, a lack of full-time jobs, and unpredictable scheduling. Then in early June, Wal-Mart workers participated in the company’s first ever “prolonged strikes,” walking off the job for up to a week to protest poor wages and conditions in advance of the company’s annual general meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Wal-Mart’s poor wages and benefits are not only a raw deal for its 1.4 million retail employees. As the retail giant expands more deeply into urban America, Wal-Mart’s low-road practices are now threatening good retail jobs, such as those at Costco, which pays its employees a living wage and provides affordable benefits. Over the past few years, retail employers in California a
"Wal-Mart’s low-road practices are now threatening good retail jobs, such as those at Costco,"
Is this the motivation of the unionista's?
They are afraid they they will lose their $20hr costco jobs?
Costco was very well managed. It allowed the company to pay workers more because management was probably best in the country at what they do.
However, by definition all companies cannot be the best.
Do all olympic athletes get gold medals? Some are better than others.
Costco was able to stay alive despite being burdened with unionized workers.
Not all companies would survive under union's thumb.
With new management coming to COSTCO, it will be interesting to see if they can continue outperforming, or if their UNION employees will start having to take pay cuts if new management is less adept than prior management.