I see in the news that the unions are still hammering Wal-Mart. You'd think by now they'd learn. They're plannning a strike on Black Friday to draw attention to .. I dunno... something. Higher wages, better benefits, the usual litany of complaints.
Wal-Mart is in a bind, believe it or not, because of competition. They're a gigantic player in the retail box store business, and they've got to control costs just like everybody else. In this economy, it makes business sense to hire part-time help, and that's what Wal-Mart does, just like everyone else.
However, when people talk about striking, I don't have much sympathy for them. Nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, EMT's, CNAs and all manner of people work around the clock, 24/7/365. Let's not forget the utility folks, who come out on Sunday when a squirrel trips your electricity, or the poor folks who repair utilities after a storm, or the guys who go in every single day to make sure that you have good drinking water and that your sewerage flows downhill.
Yeah, it's hard for me to have much sympathy for striking Wal-Mart employees. And you know where sympathy falls in the dictionary.