Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Impending Strikes

Strike Looks like the Writers Guild will be on strike shortly.  We haven't covered it here at Workplace Prof Blog because it's been in the mainstream media plenty enough.

Garnering less national attention is the UFCW's impending strike of Kroger (see today's story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, which kindly quotes yours truly). It's a local dispute (Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky), so a strike won't cripple Kroger financially.  But Cincinnati is Kroger's home, and the company can ill-afford to lose market share here to the likes of Wal-Mart.  As Michael Carrell points out, the Kroger-UFCW dispute is shaping up to be a classic modern power match: management threatens to hire replacements and seeks public support versus a union threat of a long costly strike ending in lost market share.

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