It is of their opinion that a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President will be pushing to unionize Wal-Mart. There is no doubt is my mind that having a union in Wal-Mart is long overdue.
Sure, Wal-Mart pays their management above union wages and benefits; they also offer their management incentives to stay and grow with the company. They have to if they want to keep key personnel.
Wal-Mart also hires thousands of senior citizens at $8 or $9 an hour for part-time jobs. Which, by the way, is above minimum wage and is greatly needed and appreciated by an ever-growing number of seniors who have to work part-time to supplement their income (which is not keeping pace with the cost of living).
As the old joke goes, another day another dollar – the only problem today is that it takes a dollar and a quarter to live.
Wal-Mart takes care of their management and their part-time senior citizens, so why do they need a union? Well, I will tell you why.
There are thousands and thousands of Wal-Mart employees who work fulltime that do not make union wages or receive full health care benefits, etc. etc. These Wal-Mart workers are in America’s lower income bracket. If they were to receive union pay and benefits, they would move up the economic ladder and become middle income workers. They would pay more taxes and purchase more goods and services.
Does Wal-Mart need a union? You bet they do. Is the Democratic Party pro-union? You bet it is.
There are these so-called Conservative Republicans who want to blame the unions for just about everything going wrong in our economy, and to be honest, unions are not without blame. However, unions do more good for the American economy than bad.
Wal-Mart is now trying to take over the retail food industry across America. Most all of these established food chains are unionized and have great benefits. If Wal-Mart is not unionized, it will give them a huge advantage over established food chains.
Having been in the wholesale/retail food business, I can tell you first-hand that established national food chains make about one percent net profit after taxes. They cannot afford unfair competition from a non-union business like Wal-Mart.
Does Wal-Mart need a union? You bet they do.