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The union fatcats behind the Whole Foods boycott

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 24, 2009 04:03 PM

Last week, I reprinted a boycott flyer sent to me by a Whole Foods employee who asked readers to support the company, which has been targeted by leftists because CEO John Mackey opposes a government takeover of health care:

The union brass at the UFCW are living high on the hog. Mitchell Blatt shines some bright light:

The UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), whose president earns $626,769 a year, has launched a campaign against Whole Foods, whose CEO earns $1 a year in salary.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s total compensation is $33,831, and he has implemented executive pay limits for all of his executives.

Mackey’s sin? He offers his employees good benefits, and UFCW wants them to unionize so that their union bosses can make more money.

Go read the whole thing for the astounding salary breakdown of UFCW brass.

UFCW’s latest activities:

In response to a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Whole Foods’ Chief Executive Officer John Mackey, activists, consumers and labor groups around the country have been organizing in opposition to his efforts to undermine meaningful health care reform.

Over the course of the next few weeks, members and staff from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will be disseminating educational information to Whole Foods shoppers. The purpose of these efforts will be to set the record straight about health care reform and to raise serious concerns about Whole Foods CEO’s position on this critical issue. These events will be part of a series of regional educational efforts being planned for the coming weeks.

On Monday, August 24, 2009, the UFCW will be in front of the Whole Foods in Columbus, Ohio, at 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and at the Whole Foods at 1555 W. Lane Ave. in Upper Arlington, Ohio, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For UFCW members, health care reform is a top legislative priority. UFCW members around the country are organizing and mobilizing their communities in support of comprehensive health care reform.

WHO: Local health care activists and labor advocates, led by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union

WHAT: Launch of consumer campaign to educate shoppers about Whole Foods CEO’s efforts to undermine health care reform and President Obama. The UFCW will be providing educational information to Whole Foods shoppers.

WHEN: Monday, August 24, 2009

WHERE: Whole Foods stores in Columbus and Upper Arlington, Ohio

FYI: I stopped by my local Whole Foods in Colorado Springs and picked up some delicious golden raspberries and other treats. The young lady at the checkout counter said business was good — and that several shoppers specifically mentioned coming in to support the company and counter the boycott.
The parking lot and outside cafe were packed.

Hope it was the same at your local Whole Foods.

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