This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
The grocery workers’ union is picking the wrong fight with its almost yearlong action against the only full-service supermarket in Tacoma’s downtown core.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 says its picketers – many of whom are paid – are educating the public. But they rarely hand out fliers anymore or interact with people entering the nonunion Tacoma City Grocer. So it appears the real reason for the picketing is to discourage shoppers by forcing them to cross a picket line.
Tacoma is known to be supportive of organized labor, so it’s likely that the pickets have succeeded in driving away some business. What if that results in the store closing its doors? How many friends will the union make if it drives out the only grocer willing to take a risk on downtown Tacoma? The owner says his store isn’t profitable yet; how much longer will he hold on? Read more »