Today we’re running a Viewpoint by Denise Jagielo, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 367. It’s a response to the editorial I wrote about the union picketing the only grocery in Tacoma’s downtown core because it’s not a union shop.
Originally it came in as a long letter to the editor. I told her she had the option of cutting it to our 250-word limit or expanding it slightly to run as an op-ed. She chose the latter.
Since she was criticizing the editorial, I suggested one way to lengthen the submission was to address a question we asked: Why is the union picketing this store and not Trader Joe’s, Walmart or Costco – which are also nonunion?
I also told her that “commenters have claimed that the union has hired nonunion, minimum-wage people to picket. If that is not true, you could address that criticism. If it is true, you could explain why that is the case.”
For some reason, she chose to ignore both suggestions. You are free to speculate why.