We finally get a grocer to take a risk in downtown Tacoma, and the party is being ruined by some nonsensical union representatives. Or are they? Seems that some picketers in front of the IGA Store on Pacific Avenue are/were being paid as temps and weren’t even members of the UFCW 367. How goofy is that?
Here is a direct quote from the UFCW 367 website and the fliers they hand out: “When people shop at non-union stores, they are enabling those employers to lower the standard of living for everyone.” And, “When you shop at non-union stores, you are helping to put your own neighbors out of work.”
Wow, really? If that’s true, my neighbors must hate me for shopping at many non-union stores for all kinds of things.
Didn’t two other union-supported grocers turn down the site before IGA took it on?
I am not opposed to people choosing to join a union if they wish. And yes, I do shop at those grocers as well. So why isn’t there room in the market for a non-union grocer? Ask the picketers that question. I did; they have no answers.
The employees at the downtown IGA seem to be happy, and happily employed. I say we all give the downtown IGA some support, and if the tomatoes from the store weren’t so good I’d say let’s give the picketers one of those.