“Attorney” General Bill Lockyer (who, contrary to his title, has never worked a day in his life as an attorney, except the day that he committed a serious ethical breach by revealing confidential statements by then-Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger), is threatening to bring a frivolous antitrust action against the grocery store chains. The gravamen of Lockyer’s complaint is – get this – that the three chains’ concerted response to the United Food and Commercial Workers’ concerted attack on them “hurts consumers by discouraging competitive pricing.”
Silly me. For all this time, I had thought the illiterate boobs stalking my local grocery store were striking for better health care benefits for themselves. Little did I know that their real motive was to promote competitive pricing, which would make their current health care package unaffordable. They’re actually striking so that they can get paid less, just so I, as a consumer, can pay less for my groceries. How touching.
Meanwhile, at the local Albertson’s today here in Rancho Santa Margarita, a band of these misunderstood consumer rights activists proudly displayed the following slogan:
Michael Williams encountered a substantially identical slogan at a store in Hawthorne. Given the geographic distance between RSM and Hawthorne, I think we can safely assume that this reckless slogan was the product of a deliberate strategy by the UFCW, not the result of a few overzealous grocery store “workers” going out on a limb. Think about that for a minute: one of the largest unions in the country actually mulled this idea over, debated it, and ultimately concluded that it was a good idea.
So, they want us to “never forget” the day that they chose to go on a pointless strike to demand that they continue to be grossly overpaid until their employers went bankrupt. Very well, we won’t forget. From now on, every time that I remember the unspeakable terrors of 9-11-01, I will also remember that on 1-31-04, you schlocks had the gall to peg your own petty little labor dispute on it. If Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs have the good sense to fire every one of you, I’ll also make a point to remember how much I’m saving on groceries now that you overplayed your hand, got canned, and left a competitive, nonunion workforce in your place. If they don’t, I’ll remember that, too, and I’ll always remember to shop at nonunion Wal-Mart or Stater Bros. instead, whenever possible.
UPDATE: The San Bernardino County Sun spotted the same phrase being on signs carried by grocery store stalkers in Garden Grove, as well.