Saturday, November 22, 2003

The Wal-Martization of America

For those of you who still don't comprehend the significance of the retail grocery strikes and lockouts in California, this New York Times editorial just about says it all.
The 70,000 grocery workers on strike in Southern California are the front line in a battle to prevent middle-class service jobs from turning into poverty-level ones. The supermarkets say they are forced to lower their labor costs to compete with Wal-Mart, a nonunion, low-wage employer aggressively moving into the grocery business. Everyone should be concerned about this fight. It is, at bottom, about the ability of retail workers to earn wages that keep their families out of poverty.