I was talking to a cashier from the local supermarket the other night, and she told me a super-Walmart is opening around the corner from my house.
“My boss was telling us he’ll have to cut overtime,” she said.
The supermarket clerks are unionized and it’s a strong union neighborhood. I told her they should start a campaign, asking people to support their local union workers. She looked doubtful. “Times are tough. It’s hard to ask somebody who’s out of work not to buy the cheapest food they can,” she said.
She’s right. It’s a tough moral call to make. I’ve always gone out of my way to support local business (I paid $20 more for the new air conditioner than I would have at a chain store), and union companies. But I know I’m in the minority.
I hope Walmart doesn’t kill my neighborhood.