Different River

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September 12, 2005

Do as the Union Says, Not as the Union Does

Filed under: — Different River @ 8:00 pm

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is running a protest at a Wal-Mart in Henderson, Nevada. They are protesting low wages, low benefits, and poor working conditions.

The UFCW hired the protesters through a temp agency. The union is paying them $6/hour, with no benefits. And they have to stay outside, where the temperature is 104 degrees (Fahrenheit).

Meanwhile, inside the Wal-Mart:

“The average rate of pay for Nevada Wal-Mart workers is $10.17 an hour. We have a good insurance program, and every associate—even part-timers—are eligible for the 401k,” says [store manager] Mark Dyson. “There’s actually different levels of insurance, dental and medical—I have a $500 deductible, but there’s no cap on it. Some other companies’ plans have a $1 million cap, but here there’s no cap. For example, not long ago we had an associate whose husband needed a liver transplant, and that alone was $600,000; but they didn’t have to worry about a cap.”

Plus, inside the Wal-Mart, the workers have air conditioning.

Remember this next time (a) you see a union picket line, (b) you hear someone say Wal-Mart workers don’t have benefits, or (c) you hear a union say they are in favor of high pay, benefits, and good working conditions.

Source: Las Vegas Weekly, Sept. 8, 2005
Hat tip: Best of the Web

2 Responses to “Do as the Union Says, Not as the Union Does”

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  2. Neal Pheens Says:

    The best part of the story was how one picketer was a former employee who admitted he was treated well with immediate raises for good work. He had left for reasons besides working conditions. I also liked how the picketers had to buy balm at the WalMart pharmacy. The story was a hoot!

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