September 23, 2010
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has knocked the once-mighty United Food & Commercial Workers union out of the union boycott of Arizona over SB1070.
It might be the fact that Brewer doesn’t cower to union thug-like tactics, or it could be the fact that she punches back twice as hard. Either way, the UFCW is throwing in the towel on its Boycott Arizona campaign.
The grocery workers union said Thursday it is calling off its boycott and will work toward more positive outcomes on the contentious immigration front.
“I hope Ms. Brewer joins the call to ‘tone it down’ and help create solutions for both border security and immigration reform,” said UFCW Local 99 President Jim McLaughlin. ”It is now time for calm, reasoned discussion that can move forward to first secure our borders, while designing a workable, humane plan to finally reform our nation’s immigration laws,” said McLaughlin.
The fact that the Governor’s campaign had planned a protest in front of the UFCW’s Phoenix office may have convinced the union bosses that Brewer had taken President Obama’s “punch back twice as hard” lesson to heart.
The protests, including Shame on UFCW/SEIU signs will be held Thursday, Friday, Monday and Wednesday at the UFCW Local 99’s office off Central Avenue in Phoenix.
Now that the UFCW has been knocked out of the Boycott Arizona campaign, the Governor’s spokesman Doug Cole says attention will be turned toward the SEIU.
[We think that's already begun.]