Irony

by Russ Roberts on September 13, 2005

in Work

This marvelous article (ht: Joe Roberts via Drudge) from Las Vegas Weekly details the life of a temporary worker hired by a union to protest against bad working conditions at Wal-Mart.  You couldn’t make this up if you tried:

They’re not union members; they’re temp workers employed through Allied Forces/Labor Express by the union—United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). They’re making $6 an hour, with no benefits; it’s 104 F, and they’re protesting the working conditions inside the new Wal-Mart grocery store.

"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."

The piece actually gets better as it goes along so I couldn’t find another appropriate excerpt.  Just read the whole thing.

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