You know that old adage about throwing stones and living in glass houses, right? Well, when it comes to hypocritical moments, today’s union bosses sometimes just outdo themselves in ways that leave you just shaking your head in astonishment.
Take, for example, the United Food & Commercial Workers union (UFCW). Even if you’ve never heard of the UFCW, you’re probably familiar with their work. You see, in addition to having butchers, bakers, and (we’re still looking for) candlestick makers, the UFCW is the same union that has had its sights set on America’s largest (non-union) employer, WalMart.
You see, with WalMart being America’s largest employer whose employees aren’t kicking millions in union dues into the UFCW coffers, the UFCW has declared an all out war on the Arkansas-based company. In fact, behind the vast majority of anti-WalMart blogs, websites, and media hit-jobs, the UFCW is likely to have its hands in them.
However, as much as the UFCW publicly berates WalMart for its alleged mistreatment of the retailers workers, the union has its own storied past that it tries to keep secret.
For example, last month, we wrote about union hypocrisy, citing a couple examples of where, in one case, the UFCW had its own workers go out on strike, then boasted of cutting its employees wages; and, in another case, fired its own employees.
This latest example of UFCW hypocrisy, though, is one of the best, if for no other reason than it is brought to us via Jon Stewart’s Daily Show:
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[Update: According to reports on file with the US Department of Labor, UFCW Local 711 spent $250,735 on “temprorary help” (picketers) in 2009, plus more than $30,000 on two “picket line supervisors.”]
It’s incredible that unions like the UFCW claim to have any credibility when they engage in the very tactics they accuse those “evil” corporations of engaging in.
Nevertheless, one can assume that, despite the mud all over their glass abodes, today’s union bosses will continue throwing those stones.
[h/t: Tabitha Hale]
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
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