By Adam Bitely
No one needs to tell you how big an issue unemployment is in America,
and especially in Washington, D.C. As of March 2011, the District of Columbia posted an
unemployment rate of 9.5 percent.
Knowing that the unemployment rate is that high might surprise you
when you learn that D.C. politicians, labor unions, and community
organizers are trying everything they can to block one of the largest
job providers and retailers in the world from coming to Washington.
These supposed “leaders” want to prevent Walmart from setting up shop,
which would prevent the creation of hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs
for D.C. residents.
The grocery industry is one of the few remaining industries where
labor unions thrive. While most sectors are seeing a decline in unions,
grocery stores have remained a powerhouse for the United Food and
Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). A threat to this labor-organizing
stronghold is Walmart, a company that is not unionized and has taken
drastic measures to prevent their shops from falling under the labor
union’s heavy hand.
Because Walmart is able to price their products lower than their
competitors, they are able to force their competitors to change business
practices or close-up altogether, which has been a blow to the grocery
store labor unions. The UFCW is not concerned about whether or not
people have jobs in a city where unemployment is hovering around double
digits, rather, they are concerned that they are able to corner the
market on the grocery stores to keep their political power intact.
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