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 associateâ€”even part-timersâ€”are eligible for the 401k,” says [store manager] Mark Dyson. “There’s actually different levels of insurance, dental and medicalâ€”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.