FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
The farce of the UCFW’s anti-Walmart Black Friday protest
On Friday, the United Food and Commercial Workers union will be engaging is street theater trying to embarrass Walmart. Their schtick is that Walmart is not paying a “living wage.”
This is really a hoot coming from this particular bunch of goons and mouthbreathers. In an ecosystem of corrupt unions, UCFW is one of the worst. But let’s look at the look at the record. The federal minimum wages is $7.25 and the average full time hourly wage in Walmart is $12.94. If this number was not accurate, Walmart would have been sued by now. The UCFW and its hirelings claim that wage is under $9 but the arrive at that number by blending full-time and part-time workers together. In short, it is the kind of dishonesty Americans have come to expect from the labor movement.
So what is life like in a UCFW organized store? Like Kroger, for instance:
Even senior workers do not earn $15 an hour. Consider meat or bakery clerks at Kroger’s union shop in Dayton, Ohio. They earn a maximum rate of $14.25, even after over half a decade on the job. Those working in the salad bar, drug counter, or floral shop can earn a maximum of $10.95 after gaining years of experience. This amount is 27 percent below the $15.00 an hour “living wage” that the UFCW claims Walmart employees should be paid. UFCW-negotiated hourly rates for cashiers, grocery baggers, or in-store food demonstrators start at $7.70 and are capped at $8.25-45 percent below the $15.00 advocated by the UFCW. These wages are no secret.
But wait, there’s more.
The two highest paid union officials in Ohio are UCFW bosses:
Topping the statewide list were the bosses of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 75 in Dayton. UFCW 75 paid secretary treasurer Steve Culter $355,400, and president Lennie Wyatt $328,116.
UFCW’s motto is “A voice for working America.”
The top four UFCW bosses in Ohio make over $1 million in salary and heaven knows how much extra on the side.
But they try to help the working guy, right?
Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind the raises.
Let’s review the bidding. UCFW workers often make less than Walmart. Their hard earned money is taken in dues to pay outrageous salaries to Jimmy Hoffa wannabes and when an employer tries to reward employees they protest.
Hilariously, our own LaborUnionReporter noted last year that the UCFW, itself, was embroiled in a fight with two other unions over who was going to unionize UCFW workers:
Presumably, as evidenced by the filing of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild (affiliated with The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America) with the NLRB, and although the union already represents about 80 UFCW employees, UFCW bosses did not agree to card check to unionize 28 additional workers.
However, if the UFCW’s problems weren’t complicated enough, shortly after the TNG-CWA filed its petition with the labor board, a union that primarily represents union representatives with their union employers (the Federation of Agents & International Representatives) filed to intervene in the campaign to unionize the UFCW employees.
I can see why most of the protesters are not Walmart employees and the Walmart employees who are participating are being paid by the UCFW to do so.