Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Paging UFCW’s Jersey Goon Squad to Aisle 11!

Wow. You sort of have to admire the allegedly RICO-licious United Food and Commercial Workers officials. Nobody denies reality like those guys. Quietly kept supermarkets from being competitive for several decades, only to realize non-union Wal-Mart had eaten their lunch? UFCW bosses don’t care. They’re still blustering and threatening anyone who supports simply letting the store open to compete in the area. In one fight over a planned Wal-Mart in Jersey, the UFCW’s goon squad is out in full force:

“It will certainly result in a major fight, probably involving litigation, probably involving the defeat of any elected official who allows this to take place,” said Evan Stavisky, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union in North Jersey and New York.

“The United Food and Commercial Workers, with a quarter-million members in New York and New Jersey, will clearly wage an aggressive campaign,” Stavisky said. “We’ve been successful in defeating every single proposal in the five boroughs. This will be a monumental battle, should anyone make the mistake of trying to slip in a Wal-Mart monster store where nobody’s paying attention.”

A “monumental battle” over whether an American company is allowed to operate in an American city? Not a good sign for capitalism.

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