Walmart gleefully reported on Friday September 6, 2013 about the low turnout for the walkout sponsored by an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial International Union (UFCW) indicating that unions no longer have any teeth.
The statement issued by the company sounded almost boastful as it stated that less than one-tenth of one percent of its 1.3 millions associates participated in spite of the UFCW’s promise that thousands of workers would participate.
Walmart president of corporate communications David Tovar noted that
Once again, it looks like the UFCW threw a party and nobody showed up. Despite promises of ‘thousands of workers’ protesting this week, the union failed to deliver more than a smattering of paid protesters at their 15 orchestrated events. At most, 50 of the participants actually work for Wal-Mart….
Tovar also stated
Once again, it looks like the UFCW threw a party and nobody showed up. Despite promises of ‘thousands of workers’ protesting this week, the union failed to deliver more than a smattering of paid protesters at their 15 orchestrated events. At most, 50 of the participants actually work for Wal-Mart.
The UFCW is quickly becoming the boy who cried wolf. They put out news releases with big promises, but fail to deliver on those promises. It was proven again this week that the OUR Wal-Mart group doesn’t speak for the vast majority of Wal-Mart associates.
According to Townhall Finance.com the walkouts followed a recent series of protests aimed at shaming fast food restaurants into raising their hourly wages to $15 per hour. The reality is the positions, such as those at McDonald’s, are not meant to be career jobs but rather give new entrants into the workplace an opportunity for experience and resume building.
The fact is that union membership fell to its lowest level since the 1930’s when it declined from 11.8 percent of the workforce to 11.3 percent. In states like Wisconsin public sector membership declined 14 percent after the public employees, including teachers, lost their union clout and about 46,000 members resigned or did not renew their contract with them.
When the National Labor Relations Act was passed in the 1950’s 1 out of every 3 workers was in a union but by 1983 it had already dropped to 1 in 5. It has been dropping ever since that time.
Walmart made a point in issuing a statement that almost made fun of the UFCW and the protestors and then went to back to business as usual.