The clerks employed by all three major chains here are about to go on strike, because management is demanding significant givebacks in benefits and wages. The argument is essentially that when WalMart comes to town with its low-paid, non-unionized staff, and begins selling groceries in direct competition with Albertsons or Safeway, then the employees at the latter stores have to take the hit. If the the clerks don’t cooperate, allowing management to cut prices, then WalMart will steamroller everyone else in the marketplace with its rockbottom prices.
So why do WalMart employees stand for it? Why don’t they organize, or join an existing union, and demand better wages? It’s not as if their jobs can be sent to China. You can’t sell groceries to people in L.A. from a store in Peking.