The union is like having herpes?
It’s become something of a legend among unions and the nation’s labor relations community but, for those old enough to remember the mid-90s, when Whole Foods was under constant attack by the United Food & Commercial Workers, John Mackey, Whole Foods’ CEO once shared his opinion of unions with a reporter, as follows:
“The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.”
Of course, the UFCW and other unions went ballistic. They protested and picketed and boycotted. [I mean, really, who wants to be told they're like a case of herpes?] But, that was more than 15 years ago and times have changed for unions—although, with more than 93% of the private-sector now union-free, not for the better. Yet, unions are still having their unpleasant and inconvenient consequences.
Take, for example, the unpleasant and inconvenient Mass Layoff Report for September from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which seems to confirm Mr. Mackey’s analogy…