Wal-Mart vs. the Mob

Black Friday always brings out the worst: long lines, short tempers and random outbreaks of shoppers’ rage. This year, Big Labor will ratchet up the Strikesgiving tension with professional grievance-mongers and workers picketing at 1,000 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

Attention, Wal-Mart directors: Mob appeasement never works. They’ve tried repeatedly to stave off union thuggery through political “partnerships” and capitulation. It has failed and failed and failed.

As you may recall, the discount retail giant shocked many observers in 2009 when it announced it was embracing the principles of President Obama’s federal health care mandate. The nation’s largest private (and non-union) employer was joined by its perennial arch-enemy, the Service Employees International Union (then-helmed by frequent White House guest and deep-pocketed heavy Andy Stern) and the far-left Center for American Progress (run by Obama confidante John Podesta and funded by billionaire George Soros).

In their joint Obamacare letter, the strange bedfellows declared: “As the nation’s largest private employer, the nation’s largest union of health care workers with over 1 million members and a think tank that has been a leader on health care policy, we have worked closely in support of health care reform since 2006, when we came together to help break the stalemate that had defined the health care debate for too long.”

Wal-Mart, SEIU and CAP together endorsed Obamacare’s employer mandate and “shared responsibility” provisions, which they called “important proposals that should be included in the current efforts to reform our nation’s health care system.” These unholy alliances were forged out of Wal-Mart’s desperation and political expediency.

Providing cover for the White House on Obamacare bought Wal-Mart one day of goodwill theater. But SEIU and Soros operatives have promoted a no-holds-barred campaign against Wal-Mart for decades. The union funded an incendiary “Wal-Mart Watch” website with at least $1 million in rank-and-file employee dues. Wal-Mart foolishly contributed between $500,000 and $999,999 to Podesta and his Soros-backed Center for American Progress. But Soros’ MoveOn hit team is now instigating the Black Friday strikes online.

Similar corporate outreach to the Congressional Black Caucus brought rebukes from, you guessed it, SEIU leaders, which blasted Wal-Mart for “undermining standards for all American workers.”

Never mind that Wal-Mart employs 1.3 million people, 250,000 of whom have been there for more than 10 years and 165,000 of whom are hourly associates who were promoted last year.

Nor will the company ever have the sympathies of the president — despite first lady Michelle Obama’s comfy seat on the corporate board of directors of TreeHouse Foods Inc. Wal-Mart happens to be the conglomerate’s biggest customer.

The TreeHouse Foods position netted Mrs. Obama $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 — as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year. While Mrs. Obama welcomed Wal-Mart’s decision to team up with her on her anti-”food deserts” campaign last year, Obama’s union cronies at the SEIU and AFL-CIO once again excoriated the nation’s largest employer.

“Wal-Mart should not be celebrated for false contributions to our communities and glitzy public relations campaigns that disguise their destructive policies,” the union bosses railed.

President Obama has said nothing about the strike actions, but he made his allegiances clear in 2007, when he told union activists he “would not shop” at Wal-Mart. Company heir Samuel Walton forked over $300,000 to the Priorities USA super PAC, run by former Obama flack Bill Burton. How’s that working out?

For the sake of its survival, I hope the Black Friday lesson isn’t lost on the rest of Wal-Mart’s management and heirs.

When you lie down with thugs, you get up with … more black eyes.

  • deny916

    I hate unions…always have and always will. They are nothing but blood suckers plain and simple.

  • rlpincus

    Michelle Malkin. The bottom of the barrel.

  • FloridaJim

    Your description of Walmart and the unions is accurate. I have dealt with unions for 40 years and they are disgusting they are only out for themselves not their members whom they will ignore other than dues collecting. Every union problem requires more people[dues paying members] and more costs for the company until the company goes bankrupt[Hostess, US Steel US government] then the union looks elsewhere for new conquests and new fools.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    Bribing the Left does not work; they will come after you. WalMart is the great enemy of unions and other left wing groups.

  • chopkoski

    I was at my Walmart Thanksgiving night. I found all people courteous and patient. Sure, one can find more newsworthy (read: violent) events if one looks at the entire country. But this here was good. And I talked to one Walmart employee about the strike. She liked the chaos and said it was always the best night of the year for her in retail. She was no complainer about having to work, But a boring news source, to be sure. There were no protesters at this Walmart.

  • gizmo

    6-10k years of human civilization history has always shown that appeasement with tyrants, mobs or fools has never brought more than maybe a band-aid to a severed artery. Yet, “we” still hand out the golden eggs…

  • wally12

    Why do these corporation cave in to the liberals? They make the same mistake that liberals do in appeasement to the radical Muslims etc. I guess both sides are stupid just in different areas.

  • nickshaw

    Though it says a lot when the union has to bus people to Wal-Mart stores to demonstrate because not enough actual employees of Wal-Mart will or want to, what does it say to us that Sam Walton contributes to Zero’s re-election?
    That he’s an idiot?
    Like the population of Nevada voting for Zero despite him telling people not to go there?
    What is wrong with these people?
    The folks who protest the pay, benefits and working conditions at Wal-Mart don’t have to apply or work there. They knew what they were getting when they lined up for the applications.
    Maybe they can get work at the “mom and pop” operations that haven’t closed yet.

    Oh, wait. The pay, benefit packages and working conditions are probably worse! Even if they owned the place!
    Let’s face it. There are some jobs and some people that don’t deserve the pay they already get. To pay them more only increases the cost of the service or product they contribute to providing. Which, in turn, increases the need for more pay.
    It’s an ever upward spiral.
    Unions are only there for the power. They have ceased to be a nominally good influence for the betterment of workers. They are now a hindrance. To everything except their leadership.

  • wally

    The whole issue is the unions are losing support and power. They really could care less about the workers.

  • DOOM

    Well, Walmart losing money would clearly help lift people out of poverty.

    • nickshaw

      Is Wal-Mart a company that’s too big to fail, Doom?
      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the government took it over? Then everyone would get raises and great benefits!
      Too bad there would be nothing worth buying that anyone could afford.
      But, thems the breaks I suppose. ;-)

  • Switchlight13

    Michelle Malkin is one of my heroes. She exposes the far left agenda for the vile evil that it is.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Wall-Mart saves the working poor hundreds of $ a year b/c of their low prices. The unions claim to be fighting for the little guy, but are they really?

    • Switchlight13

      Not only the working poor & the non working welfare parasites in the US but in China as well.