After suffering humiliating defeats for union ‘rights’ in both Michigan and Wisconsin this year, as well as set backs in Chicago, several of America’s leading unions, notably the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), attempted to make a national statement this Thanksgiving holiday by supporting protests at hotspots like Walmart and the Los Angeles airport (LAX).
In both instances, the holiday protests backfired on organizers.
At Walmart, only 50 Walmart employees walked out in protest nationwide at Walmart’s 4,000 stores on Black Friday. Even, more, Walmart reported record Black Friday sales, despite the protests.
So troubled were the airport workers by the Thanksgiving Day protest, the Associated Press reports that according to a press release from former union members, “a majority had signed petitions to leave the union and called upon the SEIU to cancel the demonstration.” One former union member Fred McNeill admitted to CBS LA that it had gotten “personal” for the leadership of the SEIU, “And that’s just not right.”
Another woman, who CBS LA interviewed through her car window at the airport, said she she was a union member (she did not specify which union she belonged to), but even she didn’t agree with the way the union was blocking traffic on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Not only did the selfishness of unions encourage consumers to shop at Walmart, rather than avoid the store, they also managed to turn off fellow union members and supporters to their cause by making their lives unnecessarily difficult.
National unions certainly made a statement on Thanksgiving, but it probably wasn’t the one they were aiming for.
(h/t MRC TV)