By a 2-1 margin, employees of the Chicago-based Treasure Island grocery chain voted in a secret ballot election to kick out the United Food and Commercial Workers. This morning’s Chicago Tribune has the money quote:
Dan Schalin, a grocery manager at the firm’s Wilmette store, said the drive to quit the union took off after it barred workers from voting on a company contract offer in 2004 and then urged shoppers to boycott the stores as a bargaining tactic.” …
People felt that the union wasn’t looking out for them. They weren’t earning our union dues,” explained Schalin. “There were more hard feelings against the union for boycotting than a fear that the company would not take care of us.”
Yes, it must be union busting that is driving union membership down!