Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

TACOMA: Union bosses waste members’ dues

Letter by Matthew Philichi, Gig Harbor on Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:30 am with 9 Comments »
September 11, 2012 11:30 am

Friday marked the one-year anniversary for the downtown Tacoma City Grocer IGA. To celebrate, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 sent many extra professional thugs to clog the sidewalk in front of the store and harass customers. The police had to be called to protect innocent customers.

My estimate is that the union has now spent more than $100,000 paying Labor Ready picketers to walk up and down and make our city look junky. The good news is that the store is now very busy. The workers enjoy their jobs and their happy customers. We customers enjoy the IGA employees.

If the union bosses waste their members’ money in this way, how many other stupid things do they waste money on? Perhaps the current members should think twice about wasting their own money on union dues for these characters. That money could be better used for gas, food or giving to the poor.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Frankenchrist says:

    Mr. Philichi and Lyle Laws should organize a support group for angry old cranks.

  2. Sounds like another typical non-event seen only by the letter writer – in not created from whole cloth.

    A work downtown, and use the store about once a week and have never seen or heard of any altercations involving the pickets.

  3. averageJose says:

    I really resent them spending my retirement on this thug behavior. How un-American.

  4. If they don’t waste their money here, they’ll just give it to Obama, I don’t know which is worse.

  5. My estimate is that the union has now spent more than $100,000

    What was that estimate based upon? Any facts? Or just a bunch ‘o speculation?

  6. averageJose says:

    Just think, if they weren’t hiring scabs and had to pay a “living wage” and benefits… how much more they would be wasting.

  7. bB, the basic rate for LR unskilled labor (and I might add with a smirk, NON-UNION LABOR, LMAO!) is about $18 per hour, out the door.

    Do the math.

    If they average 2 picketers per day, seven days a week, for a year, that’s about $113,000.


  8. averageJose says:

    They averaged 4-5 per day, 5 days a week.

  9. averageJose says:

    Yep, there were 5 at 1:00pm today.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0