The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Yes, it's stupidity, but what's important is that it's collective stupidity

I'd like to make up some snide or humorous comment ridiculing the content in the article that I'm about to link to, but I really can't add anything. I admit it, in the field of ridiculing unions, I've been bested by a union:

The shade from the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market sign is minimal around noon; still, six picketers squeeze their thermoses and Dasani bottles onto the dirt below, trying to keep their water cool. They're walking five-hour shifts on this corner at Stephanie Street and American Pacific Drive in Henderson—anti-Wal-Mart signs propped lazily on their shoulders, deep suntans on their faces and arms—with two 15-minute breaks to run across the street and use the washroom at a gas station.

Periodically one of them will sit down in a slightly larger slice of shade under a giant electricity pole in the intersection. Four lanes of traffic rush by, some drivers honk in support, more than once someone has yelled, "assholes!" but mostly, they're ignored.

They're not union members; they're temp workers employed through Allied Forces/Labor Express by the union—United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). They're making $6 an hour, with no benefits; it's 104 F, and they're protesting the working conditions inside the new Wal-Mart grocery store.

"It don't make no sense, does it?" says James Greer, the line foreman and the only one who pulls down $8 an hour, as he ambles down the sidewalk, picket sign on shoulder, sweaty hat over sweaty gray hair, spitting sunflower seeds. "We're sacrificing for the people who work in there, and they don't even know it."


That's just the tip of the iceberg. It gets even better. Really, I'm just speechless.

Tip o' the cap to Cafe Hayek.

4 Comments:

  • dude. this is just fucking hilarious.

    By Blogger ethan, at 3:46 PM  

  • Maybe Wal-mart should offer these people $6.25 an hour (and cheap umbrellas) to go sit outside the UFCW with signs to protest the UFCW.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 3:59 PM  

  • and they should jack up the price of blister ointment.

    By Blogger ethan, at 9:31 AM  

  • Scott H, that may be the best idea I've ever heard.

    By Blogger Anonymous Person, at 12:33 PM  

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