Submitted by Peter O'Brien on August 26, 2009 - 8:24am
Here is another example of why I hate today's labor unions.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. In it, he outlined a free market solution to health care reform.
Well the union didn't appreciate that. They are now calling for his resignation because "he is undermining President Barack Obama's health care reform".
Now what does that have to do with his ability to run the company? Absolutely nothing. But the Union is for Obamacare. So they are trying to squeeze the CEO out for his political views. They claim that he as "deeply offended a key segment of Whole Foods consumer base". But do they provide any evidence of this claim? Not the in article they don't.
Meanwhile, "Whole Foods pays all of the premiums for its employees who work 30 hours or more per week in a high-deductible health-insurance plan, and the company contributes to wellness accounts that employees can spend as they choose on their health needs." Sounds to me like a great heathcare program provided by the private sector.
Oh and the cherry on top of this debate.. Whole Foods is not unionized. This union involved is the United Food and Commercial Workers Union which is part of Change to Win. These people do not work for Mackey. They are just angry that he is against Obamacare.
They are angry that he allegedly "deeply offended" Whole Foods shoppers. So to ensure that they understand Obamacare and in my opnion to offend those that shop at Whole Foods and support Mackey, they are going to hand out "information to Whole Foods shoppers about health care reform".
It is just plain sad.