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Look for the Union Label
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 21, 2007

Union picketing just isn't what it used to be in the good old days apparently. Here's a first hand description of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) picketing a grocery chain called Farmer Joe's in California:
I have to give the whole UFCW local 5 theatrical scene yesterday a two thumbs down. First, they started late. The union’s “rally” was supposed to commence at 5pm. Local 5 has to drive in from out of town so someone is always holding up the show because of bad traffic. Finally, their “rally” got started with a little over twenty people - executive board members, paid organizers, and the hourly non-UFCW folks you’ve seen in the parking lot who don’t speak much English and don’t really care what’s happening. The manager of Pete’s popped her head out the door and told them to take the freak show away from her store. The “rally” walked down the sidewalk and was left circling in front of the plywood of the soon to be opened La Farine French Bakery across from Joe’s on Fruitvale Avenue. Their bullhorn broke.

I guess it was about that time I lost interest in the bad production. I walked back to Farmer Joe’s entrance and talked to customers. Some were laughing. Some were rolling their eyes. Some wanted harassment forms. All are sick of the union coming into our neighborhood and disturbing it.
Heh. Of course the fact that the union has to hire hourly picketers who aren't members of the union seems telling doesn't it? Obviously the report is from someone who seems pro-Farmer Joe's and anti-union. But still. Pretty sad.

As LaborPains.org explains:
First, the usual tactics really only make customers mad at the union activists. More interestingly, though, is it sounds like the UFCW is continuing the trend of hiring their “supporters” who don’t really care about the issue. It happens all too often — whether it’s the unions paying millions to ACORN or the Carpenters hiring the homeless, it seems union bosses just can’t find good help without paying for it.
And yet all unions are, to a wo/man, opposed to outsourcing.

Ah well.
 
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Time to start the Union of Professional Picketers...

And then, when the other Unions hire non union picketers, you can picket their picket lines...
 
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Oh, man! Keith, that was priceless
 
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Picketing must be another of those jobs Americans won’t do.
 
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