On Friday, the United Food and Commercial Workers union will be engaging is street theater trying to embarrass Walmart. Their schtick is that Walmart is not paying a “living wage.”
This is really a hoot coming from this particular bunch of goons and mouthbreathers. In an ecosystem of corrupt unions, UCFW is one of the worst. But let’s look at the look at the record. The federal minimum wages is $7.25 and the average full time hourly wage in Walmart is $12.94. If this number was not accurate, Walmart would have been sued by now. The UCFW and its hirelings claim that wage is under $9 but the arrive at that number by blending full-time and part-time workers together. In short, it is the kind of dishonesty Americans have come to expect from the labor movement.
So what is life like in a UCFW organized store? Like Kroger, for instance:
Even senior workers do not earn $15 an hour. Consider meat or bakery clerks at Kroger’s union shop in Dayton, Ohio. They earn a maximum rate of $14.25, even after over half a decade on the job. Those working in the salad bar, drug counter, or floral shop can earn a maximum of $10.95 after gaining years of experience. This amount is 27 percent below the $15.00 an hour “living wage” that the UFCW claims Walmart employees should be paid. UFCW-negotiated hourly rates for cashiers, grocery baggers, or in-store food demonstrators start at $7.70 and are capped at $8.25-45 percent below the $15.00 advocated by the UFCW. These wages are no secret.
But wait, there’s more.
The two highest paid union officials in Ohio are UCFW bosses:
Topping the statewide list were the bosses of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 75 in Dayton. UFCW 75 paid secretary treasurer Steve Culter $355,400, and president Lennie Wyatt $328,116.
UFCW’s motto is “A voice for working America.”
The top four UFCW bosses in Ohio make over $1 million in salary and heaven knows how much extra on the side.
But they try to help the working guy, right?
Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind …read more