Things are crazy enough in our political landscape that it’s become difficult to tell what is comedy and what is real.
The report on the United Food and Commercial Workers union done by the Jon Stewart show blurred that line this week. They sent a correspondent to meet with Mike Gittings, the leader of the local 711, which represents around 7,000 members.
For those of you unfamiliar with the UFCW, this is the union that has been leading the charge against Wal-Mart for paying their employees minimum wage and not providing enough benefits. In the Daily Show interview, Gittings lamented the lack of recourse employees have when their hours are cut, stating that these values should be “afforded to every working American.”
What the Daily Show found when it talked to the Wal-Mart picketers in Nevada was that they, well, paid their “protesters” – astroturf, if you will – minimum wage with no benefits. Not only that, they then cut their hours… leaving their non-union employees with no recourse.
Sucks when the shoe’s on the other foot, huh?
Watch this. Right now.
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I suppose it all comes down to greed, right Gittings?
More from RedState:
According to reports on file with the US Department of Labor, UFCW Local 711 spent $250,735 on “temprorary help” (picketers) in 2009, plus more than $30,000 on two “picket line supervisors.”