November 16, 2003
Where can you shop?
Whole Foods' managers got out of bed last week in Madison and unilaterally declared that they would no longer recognize the union that was voted in last year. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret-ballot election showing the employees wanted a union. Whole Foods is a national chain and, guess what, the Madison branch was the first and only store to vote for a union.
No need for secret balloting, no need for neutrals. Whole Foods says, "Trust us, we had enough evidence that the employees no longer wanted a union." Yeah, sure, Ole. We believe you. Perhaps Whole Foods brought some Florida election officials in to help with their count.
Wal-Mart, that great destroyer of local stores and minimum-wage paying, non-union to a fault, monster comes next. Groups of local citizens in Wisconsin and throughout the nation are fighting to keep Wal-Mart out in order to save the character and diversity of local communities.
So, what can you do? Well, stop shopping at Whole Foods, and join local organizations opposing Wal-Mart's intrusions. Vote with your pocket book.
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