In Labor’s Glass House, Throwing Stones

By September 15, 2005General

A short break from Katrina and Roberts news:

Here’s the scenario: Workers toil outdoors in 100+ degree heat. They are paid $6/hour, no benefits. They are temporary workers. They have no transportation, are dropped off by their employer in the morning, picked up at the end of the day. On weekends, they must find their own transportation–if they have it–for the privilege.

They suffer heat stroke and frequent blisters. One worker had to walk to the local Wal-Mart to be treated by the pharmacist. Others have followed. Through it all, their heartless employer doesn’t care, leaves them out to fend for themselves. Who, you might ask, is this cruel, heartless employer?

The United Food and Commercial Workers union.

That’s right — apparently the UFCW has lured temps for $6/hour (no benefits) to picket the local Wal-Mart in Henderson, Nevada, where the average Wal-Mart employee makes $10.17/hour with access to benefits, all in air-conditioned comfort.

Were it not for the news din created by the Roberts hearing and the Katrina aftermath, this man-bites-dog story should be front-page news. The dishonesty, the hypocrisy, the blatant double-standard is staggering. Shame–again–on the UFCW.

Says picketer James Greer in a Las Vegas Weekly story by Stacy Willis, “It don’t make no sense, does it?”

Indeed it don’t.