Joe Hansen says he’s “pissed,” and it’s no mystery why.
Hansen, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the nation’s unionized supermarket workers, is dismayed that when first lady Michelle Obama meets tomorrow at the White House with representatives of retailers who have markets in underserved areas, Wal-Mart will be in attendance.
“We’ve been fighting Wal-Mart in New York, Chicago, and here in D.C.,” Hansen told me this afternoon. “They take jobs away from workers in unionized chains—jobs that pay decent wages and have decent benefits. No company has done more to reduce the wages and benefits of American workers than Wal-Mart.”