gsp Thoughts From A Diva: Unions

Thoughts From A Diva

Random images and thoughts from a misplaced Minnesota Diva trying to survive in Wisconsin.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Since starting at Walmart last summer, I have had several people state they think Walmart should have a union. Their reasoning includes better wages, better hours, more benefits, etc, etc.

Yes, a union might provide those things, but they would also cause higher prices, less employees, and even less communication between supervisors and workers.

I have been a member of a couple different unions in the past. I worked for the State of Nevada and also for a couple different sheriff offices. While I paid my monthly dues and did what I was told by the unions, when push came to shove, they did absolutely nothing for me and since I was in the union, I had no recourse except to accept the course of action they decided for me.

I do not think a union would help Walmart in any fashion. I believe it would be harmful to both the stores and the employees. I've seen the Walmart videos on why they think we should vote against a union and seriously, their ideas are a little kooky.

What? You haven't seen those videos? The plot goes something like this: They start by showing a union rep roving the store watching all the employees work. A worker in Sporting Goods goes to lunch. Now, a customer comes in and he needs to buy a fishing license. Management asks an employee from Electronics to come sell the man a fishing license. The union rep finds out and is outraged that Walmart has asked the Eletronics employee to do something outside his area!

It makes me laugh every time I see it. Unions don't work that way and we all know it. Unions hit us in the pocket book. I do not want to give my hard earned money to some group that says they will get us better wages, hours, benefits, etc., then actually get none of it.

Unions have their time and place, but when it comes to union for Walmart, I vote no.


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