Union Makes a Stealth Move on Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart associates cheering, Bentonville, USA (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A new website has popped up in the last week that seeks to organize the workers of Walmart. In a covert effort launched by the United Food and Commercial Works (UFCW), the union has launched a website called OurWalmart.org which seeks to sign up Walmart employees to be part of an effort to organize inside of the giant retail chain.

OurWalmart.org is running a deceptive operation in the fact that they attempt to hide their affiliation with the UFCW. According to the website, “Organization United for Respect at Walmart, an independent, not-for-profit organization for hourly Associates. Our organization is not affiliated with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.” But the site does not mention that it is paid for by the UFCW.

Further, when one does a domain “who is” search, the domain is registered out of the UFCW’s Washington, DC operation at 1775 K Street NW.

The New York Times ran a story last week on this covert operation, and cited that UFCW is not disclosing how much they are paying for the website, writing that “the union will not say how much” they are spending on this effort.

According to Nathan Mehrens who helped oversee labor union financial reporting at the U.S. Department of Labor, “The union would have to disclose any disbursement of money in excess of $5,000, as well as the purpose the money went towards, on their form LM-2. In this case, if they paid a web developer for the construction of a website, the purpose may never come to light.”

Before the public can find out what the UFCW is doing to destroy one of the largest employers in the country, it will all come down to the amount of money that they are spending on this effort.

OurWalmart.org charges a membership fee of $5 a month. The website states that they have 50 members already in some stores.

This website and the organizing efforts that come along with it, are the latest attempts for Big Labor to get their hands on the profits of Walmart. Why the UFCW feels the need to keep its relationship with OurWalmart.org fairly quiet is strange, and reveals just how shady the labor union is.

Hopefully this effort fails like all the ones that have come before it. Walmart has led to the increased prosperity that Americans have enjoyed over the past half century through massive job creation and providing cheap goods that Americans enjoy.

Someone needs to let the UFCW know that no one is working at Walmart against his or her will. If the business was truly operating a poor working environment, no one would seek employment there, and most certainly, consumers would choose to go elsewhere. After all, employees and consumers can freely enter and exit the retailer.

For a group that attacks Walmart routinely for their labor practices, they should look in the mirror and be honest with the public about their motives and how much money they are spending to torpedo one of America’s largest employers.

Editor’s Note: Labor union membership has declined significantly over the past twenty years with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that in 2010 alone, union membership declined by 612,000. Only 11.9 percent of Americans belonged to a union in 2011, down from 12.3 percent in the previous year.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @AdamBitely.

2 Responses to “Union Makes a Stealth Move on Wal-Mart”

  1. I wouldn’t go looking at ThinkRegress to learn anything. All they’ll teach you there is to embrace Marxism, hate your fellow Americans and hate everything that made America great.

    True, the decline of union membership is not a sign of decreasing importance of unions per se. It is, however, a sign that Americans are more and more rejecting the Marxist philosophy of these unions, as well as their heavy-handed thuggish ways. As our government learns from its mistakes and gets out of the business of favoring unions which in turn force unionism on free workers, people exercise their freedom and tend to reject unions.

    There are really simple truths behind the free market system, and behind the way of life (economically speaking) that America was built upon. If a person creates and builds something, it is theirs–not someone else’s simply because that second person feels they deserve a cut. If a person works hard, the fruit of their labor is theirs, not someone else’s simply because that second person feels they’re entitled to part of what the first person earned.

    It’s called property rights, and it’s a fundamental legal and governmental principle upon which our country was founded. Marxism, on the other hand, promotes and encourages government-sanctioned theft, taking the property of one person against their will and giving it to someone who has not earned it.

    Let’s stick with the American way. While the Marxist way can be found on the ash heap of history and in the lingering despotism of places like Cuba and North Korea, the American way has produced the most free and affluent (our poor live like kings compared to most people in the world–I know, I grew up poor here and have traveled abroad where I have seen real poverty) society in human history.

    Let’s not mess with success by emulating ways that have PROVEN to be a dead end.

  2. Corporations have no legitimate hold on government. Maybe it escaped you, but government makes the law, not corporations.

    Workers should also have the right to band together to negotiate with their employers for better wages and benefits…just as employers should have the right to refuse to negotiate with organized employee organizations if they so choose. The business, after all, doesn’t belong to the workers but to the owners.

    If the workers don’t like what the employers are offering for wages and benefits, thank God that in a free country like America the worker has the freedom to go on down the street and seek employment more to their liking with another employer.