Meanwhile, in Other News
With some quiet backing by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the Service Employees International Union, among others, some 200 Wal-Mart employees in Florida have formed a self-help organization. Called the Wal-Mart Workers Association, the group is agitating, fairly gently, for better wages, benefits, and insurance against cut hours.
As an advocate for a reinvigorated labor movement, I think this is good news. It indicates that the private unions are listening to feedback from their members, and seeking to really grow the movement rather than pillage from each other. It also indicates that they've shifted their approach for unionizing Wal-Mart to one that is led by Wal-Mart employees themselves. As I've argued previously, such a shift is probably necessary for any advancement towards a true Ownership Society.