The Wal-Mart protests on Black Friday were really nothing more then the unions trying to gain more power. On my way into work the other day I was listening to “The Forum” hosted by Sherwin Hughes on WNOV 860am. His guest was Jennifer Addison-Epps, a union employee who admitted to the union focus and cheered a statement by the host that it was all about the union.
I wonder how many people were paid to participate in the protests that were transported by buses with Illinois plates on them. Certainly the lack of participation by the employees must have been a disappointment for the unions, to say nothing of the record setting sales the chain had.
Everyone wants to earn more money, would like affordable healthcare and a pension that keeps on giving way past our showing up for work. The question I have for the unions is what gain will the employee have if they have to give their hard earned raise toward union fees. I think the answer for Wal-Mart workers is it will be negligible.
If these people really wanted to help the Wal-Mart employees the first step would be to encourage people who shop there to first and foremost treat the employees with respect. They just work at Wal-Mart; they aren’t interested in messing with any customer. They want to put their time in, do their job and go home at the end of the evening and live their lives.
They would also advocate for people to stop making a mess of the store and treating the products like trash. The recovery process at the end of a retail day is astronomical at Christmas time. Hours after the stores close people need to pick up after customers, reshelf or toss the merchandise and get the store ready for the next day’s business. A few years ago I visited the Wal-Mart in Menomonee Falls very late at night. The store was such a mess that the employees were sweeping the aisles to clear them of merchandise. Imagine if Wal-Mart didn’t have to mark down or toss the product. Extra money, which could be used for extra money for employees.