September 13, 2005

UFCW Hires Temps to Picket Wal-Mart

Via Fark and Mark Steckbeck comes news that the UFWC has hired temps at $6-8 an hour (and no benefits) to protest at a Wal-Mart in the Las Vegas area:

"It don't make no sense, does it?" says James Greer, the line foreman and the only one who pulls down $8 an hour, as he ambles down the sidewalk, picket sign on shoulder, sweaty hat over sweaty gray hair, spitting sunflower seeds. "We're sacrificing for the people who work in there, and they don't even know it."
But it gets much better.
But standing with a union-supplied sign on his shoulder that reads, Don't Shop WalMart: Below Area Standards, picketer and former Wal-Mart employee Sal Rivera says about the notorious working conditions of his former big-box employer: "I can't complain. It wasn't bad. They started paying me at $6.75, and after three months I was already getting $7, then I got Employee of the Month, and by the time I left (in less than one year), I was making $8.63 an hour." Rivera worked in maintenance and quit four years ago for personal reasons, he says. He would consider reapplying.
And there's a wonderful flame war in the Fark link above.

Posted by Kevin on September, 13 2005 at 07:55 AM