Unions Organizers Fire Union Organizers for Organizing Union…Yes, You Read That Right

If unions are good things, then maybe someone can explain how one group should be exempt.

A lot of people aren’t fans of unions.  While many union goals, such as higher pay and better working conditions, sound great on the surface, they argue that unions make the cost of doing business so high that business can’t successfully operate.  As a result, jobs get sent elsewhere, which means that no one has higher pay anymore.  At least, that’s the argument.

For union supporters, it doesn’t help when something like this happens.

From the NY Post:

The union trying for years to organize Walmart workers employs non-union staffers — and fired several of them 15 months ago when they attempted to organize, one former insider claims.

The United Food & Commercial Workers International employed the non-union workers as part of its national OUR Walmart campaign.

Those fired were Seattle-based organizers who said the dismissals came several months after they reached out to the union that represents UFCW employees, the insider told The Post.

They wanted to know why they were not covered by the same contract as their colleagues.

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Two campaign directors who oversaw the allegedly ousted workers were themselves fired in June 2015. That pair would have been responsible for any actions against their staff organizers, the UFCW official said.

“We do not fire people for union activity,” the official said.

One of the fired OUR Walmart directors about whom the UFCW official was referring, Daniel Schlademan, disagreed with the UFCW’s version of how the organization made personnel decisions.

“Any staffing decisions on the Making Change at Walmart campaign were made solely by UFCW’s human resources department,” said Schlademan, who is now spearheading another OUR Walmart campaign, with 20 social justice and labor groups.

Whoops.

Raise your hand if you think it’s hypocritical of an organization that tries to organize unions for employees to fire employees for trying to be unionized?  Wow, that’s a lot of hands.

Here’s the thing though.  If unions are good things, then union workers should be able to unionize without any problem.  Many of UCFW’s workers are unionized, but some aren’t, hence the problems this time around.  However, why should some be unionized and others not?  If unions are good things, then maybe someone can explain to us how one group should be exempt.  Are some animals more equal than others?

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen something like this.  Filmmaker Michael Moore traveled to Wisconsin to lambast Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting efforts in that state, while he himself often uses non-union workers in his films.

Folks, if unions are a good thing, then why shouldn’t these people be using union workers?  They’re open advocates of unionization, after all.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?

Maybe they understand something about unions and unionization that they don’t want anyone else to understand?

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  1. Jason Bieber Reply

    I am always reminded of Lech Walesa and the Gdansk shipyard workers going on strike against their Communist leaders for not letting them form a union.

    That began the toppling of the Communist Eastern Bloc, exposing the hypocrisy inherent in the system for all to see.

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