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Starbucks joins push to replace union-friendly bill (against card check)
KEPR-TV / The Associated Press ^ | March 21, 2009 | Hope Yen and Sam Hananel

Posted on 03/21/2009 8:01:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Three major retailers on Saturday laid out broad details of an alternative proposal they hope will fend off a deadlock over a hotly contested bill making it easier for workers to unionize.

Starbucks Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are opposed to portions of the labor-friendly Employee Free Choice Act, which would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be formed. Under the legislation, unions could gain representation if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing it.

Still, the companies say they recognize that simply opposing the bill might prove futile given a union-friendly environment in Washington in which Democrats control Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at keprtv.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agenda; cardcheck; collectivebargaining; congress; costco; democrats; efca; laborunions; obama; retail; starbucks; unions; wholefoods
If even the uber-liberal Starbucks and Whole Foods are against it, what does that tell us?
1 posted on 03/21/2009 8:01:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>>If even the uber-liberal Starbucks and Whole Foods are against it, what does that tell us?

Occasionally, blind squirrels are rewarded with finding a nut.


2 posted on 03/21/2009 8:05:40 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (ESPN MNF: 3 Putzes talking about football on TV while I'm trying to watch a game.)
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If even the uber-liberal Starbucks and Whole Foods are against it, what does that tell us?

And Warren Buffet opposes it too. It tells us how far-left Obama really is.

3 posted on 03/21/2009 8:06:22 PM PDT by hugorand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afjp4Cx-3W0


4 posted on 03/21/2009 8:06:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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To: hugorand

When George McGovern (Post #4) opposes it, you know the union thugs have moved BEYOND Communism.


5 posted on 03/21/2009 8:08:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
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It tells us that if it goes through there will be more business closings and unemployment numbers the nation has not yet seen.

Maybe not even in the Great Depression.

The first thing you do as a small business owner is close it (after unionization) and fire everyone.

And try it again under a new administration.


6 posted on 03/21/2009 8:09:33 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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If even the uber-liberal Starbucks and Whole Foods are against it, what does that tell us?

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They don’t want to be run out of business either?

Its interesting that Costco who is always portrayed as a “responsible” retailer and the anti-walmart by liberals and unionists is part of this.


7 posted on 03/21/2009 8:09:42 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Keith in Iowa

I wouldn’t mind seeing one of those friendly barista chicks trying to compel me to sign up.


8 posted on 03/21/2009 8:10:11 PM PDT by exist
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To: Keith in Iowa

A stopped clock is always right twice a day.


9 posted on 03/21/2009 8:10:47 PM PDT by GSP.FAN
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Uhhhmmm... it tells us that they fall into the “do as we say and not as we do” mentality like so many people?


10 posted on 03/21/2009 8:16:03 PM PDT by Tempest (The Republican party racing to lose 2010)
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It tells us that unionization of their young, ditzy, most likely very coddled workforce would quickly bankrupt them.


11 posted on 03/21/2009 8:16:19 PM PDT by dr_who
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Has anyone noticed the news speak in this article
1. bill making it easier for workers to unionize = will make it easier for the union to harass workers to sign cards
2. labor-friendly Employee Free Choice Act, = union friendly employee no choice act
3. right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections = it’s actually the right of the employee to demand this secret ballot

What’s to keep these guys from forging names to get a majority to unionize a company?

12 posted on 03/21/2009 8:18:11 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Psalm 83:1-8 is on the horizon.)
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Over on DU, the moonbats are livid about this. They think card-check is the path to prosperity for the nation.

Incredible fools!

13 posted on 03/21/2009 8:22:26 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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The progressives in Congress and the White House are definitely making enemies of friends at an incredible rate. There really are a lot of liberals in business, and I doubt many of them expected the attack they are now under.


14 posted on 03/21/2009 8:27:18 PM PDT by kc8ukw
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Unionizing Starbucks will squeeze the profit out of already high priced products. They are already closing under-performing stores without the burden of "union" wages. I expect a lot more vacant retail property if EFCA passes.
15 posted on 03/21/2009 8:31:30 PM PDT by Myrddin
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You know what’s funny: the Starbucks idiots are probably the one’s that supported Obama and Democrats in the first place!!..”useful idiots” can you say that phrase..


16 posted on 03/21/2009 8:38:22 PM PDT by JSDude1 (R(epublicans) In Name Only SUCK; D(emocrats) In Name Only are worth their weight..)
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"I'm proud to call myself a pro-labor liberal Democrat who believes that reforms are needed to provide a level playing field for both labor and management, but not at the expense of a guaranteed option for a secret ballot by both workers and management and certainly not at the expense of preserving the historic process of private, voluntary collective bargaining," Davis said.

Lanny Davis might have said this with a wink, nod, and a knowing elbow nudge because, I suspect, he knows full well that his alleged clients are about to lose; and the reason they could lose, it actually turns out that is there is no honor among thieves, and these businesses aren't among the current "ins".

You see, our Marxist president and his fellow travelers in Congress will always vote to max their own power and control.

If this leaves long-time business supporters out in the cold...it's no big deal to the "ins".

This is what happens as government moves left.

"Centralized control" means a narrower and narrower breadth of authority. Otherwise, the new regime invites demands to share control and power fights.

Old allies become new liabilities.

The radius of the "ins" circle is ever decreasing.

What those in Congress don't choose to comprehend is that, as we "progress" toward collectivism, it's a possibility that some of these "ins" could become liabilities as well.

Are there any positives for Starbucks and Whole Foods?

Well, one could say that they have been most...useful.

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17 posted on 03/21/2009 8:38:34 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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Zackly right. They may be moonbats, they may be left-wing nutsos, but in the end, they likes their money just as much.

(From the looks of some of their charitable contributions and failure to pay taxes, maybe they like it even more!)


18 posted on 03/21/2009 9:03:19 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: quantim
The first thing you do as a small business owner is close it (after unionization) and fire everyone. And try it again under a new administration.

The rats want to stop this practice. If your business shuts down, you will not be able to reopen. In addition, the rats will extort closing costs from small businesses (and large businesses). This practice is common in Europe. The rats will pribe many small businesses with practices that limit competition. There is a new sheriff in town. These anti union practices will no longer be tolerated.

19 posted on 03/21/2009 11:31:01 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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I thought Costco was union?


20 posted on 03/22/2009 7:25:53 AM PDT by ChicagoConservative27 (When will the Obozo the clown show be cancelled?)
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To: quantim

If it goes through there will be anti-union riots and then a common posse mob movement against all things union. Kids today are feral beasts for their own freedom, and will not welcome unions.


21 posted on 03/22/2009 7:28:41 AM PDT by bvw
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