Background: in southern California, the United Food and Commercial Workers union is currently picketing three grocery chains (LA Times news article).
I live within walking distance of two grocery stores. One is a union store that is currently being picketed. The other is an independent store, non-union. I normally buy groceries from both stores. (The union store has better overall selection; the other has cheaper fresh veggies and fruits, a big fraction of my groceries.)
I haven’t yet crossed the picket line. I’m not typically pro-union, but I can get everything I need from the other store, so why bother crossing the line? My question for debate is “Is it really in the union’s long-term best interest for me to get in the habit of going to a non-union store?”
Sure by not crossing the picket line now, I help the union apply pressure to the grocery chain. But what if don’t start going back to the store once the picketing ends? I can easily change my buying habits; I don’t have to have the better selection the union store offers.
I’m using my self as an example, but all of southern Cal has similar choices.