How embarrassing to watch the rank-and-file union zombie puppets going through their recent orchestrated moves during Michigan’s “Right To Work” battle. Looks like the union leadership may end up with egg on their faces, and upper union management does not like a facial omelet.
As I mentioned in an earlier article, I live in a small town (though it is called a ‘city’) with a population just shy of 12,000. What is left of the downtown area has little to attract the retail shopper. We have three main grocery stores: one union and two non-union. The union store is near the center of what is left of the retail activity and has a non-union store on both edges of town. What does this have to do with “union mentality” (or lack of it)? Read on.
Only a few miles to the left of the union store (all three are on Main Street) is the newer of the non-union stores. This store has excellent prices that generally put the union store to shame. The store less than a mile to the right of the union store also has prices that attract a value-conscious shopper. THIS store has had union zombies (generally four) picketing for over three years. These robots have been standing on the public sidewalk in front of this store holding their silly signs so long that they have become invisible to the store’s shoppers.
I know a retired area union arbitrator who shops at this non-union store. I have asked him what the union point is. Even he cannot figure out the logic of wasting dues-payers money for pickets spanning over three years. If they had a point, it has been lost. If I was a member of this union (thank God I am not), I would be demanding to know why my money was being wasted on this little store in a Podunk town. The sad reality seems to be that most union dues-payers don’t question because they just want their paycheck, benefits, and retirement – and simply don’t want to rock the boat. How selfishly and sickeningly sad, from my perspective.
Want to hear an interesting twist? Many of those who have been picketing for the past three-plus years are union members who work for the “big” grocery store in town. Though most of the picketers are assigned from other areas, local folks recognize the faces of those who work for the “big” store. And it could appear as though the “big” store is trying to crush the “little” store, though that may not be the case (I have my doubts).
Want to hear an even jucier twist? The “big” store owns the little store a few miles to the left of them on Main Street. Is it simply coincidence that this non-union store has not been picketed for the past three-plus years while the non-union store to the right of the “big” store has? Only a moron (or an upper-level union goon management person) would answer “yes.” The sad fact seems to be that most of the low level dues-payers have no clue and could care less about how their dues are being wasted or how they are being manipulated. They simply do not know how ‘politics’ works and do not want to. Their union will look out for them.
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