Monday, September 21, 2009

Power to the People? Not In Chicago, It's Power to the Unions; Chicago Alderman vs. The People


Wal-Mart's plans to build a second store in Chicago remain bottled up in the Chicago City Council. The store that Wal-Mart would like to build on the South Side at 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue, is going nowhere because the aldermen live in fear of organized labor and organized labor despises Wal-Mart.

We know organized labor wants to keep Wal-Mart from expanding in Chicago. But what do the aldermen's constituents want? The answer is clear: They want the opportunity to work or shop at Wal-Mart. A new Tribune/WGN poll found that 68% of city residents would like to see a new Wal-Mart store in Chicago, and 72% say Wal-Mart would be good for the community. The support is even higher with African-Americans, who stand to gain the most economic benefit from the proposed South Side store. The poll found 72% of African-Americans want Wal-Mart in the city and 81% say it would be good for the community.

The Tribune poll, conducted in late August, mirrors polls taken this summer for Wal-Mart and for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce that showed strong public support for the retailer. But the aldermen aren't listening to their constituents. The unions provide money and troops at election time. Apparently the aldermen have decided that keeping the labor bosses happy is more critical than following the wishes of their citizens.

Two hundred construction jobs -- union jobs, by the way -- and up to 500 retail jobs. But City Council leaders won't even allow a vote on an ordinance that would clear the way for Wal-Mart to build and open on the South Side. They're in step with the union bosses, but they're out of step with the people.

~Chicago Tribune editorial

MP: When's the next election? November maybe? If so, it might be a good time for Chicago voters to express their opinion about their aldermen and alderwomen.

11 Comments:

At 9/21/2009 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago (and Illinois) is becoming so anti-free market, it is getting scary. It's the main reason I'm leaving, along with many other residents. To start up an LLC (2 page form) the filing fee is $500 and $250 to renew. Compared to $50/$25 in Michigan. Not very business friendly!

 
At 9/21/2009 6:06 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

Tilted poll.

I'd like to see the change in opinion when they hear of all of the not-so-good things that always seem to happen. That is, how they use the aforementioned folks who don't have any ability to object, what happens to their workers, how they'd still end up on govt plans, how their products are shoddy if not outright hazardous on a consistent basis, and what happens if they take matters into their own hands wrt working conditions.

Show them the dirt and how it is worse to have Walmart there.

 
At 9/21/2009 6:56 PM, Blogger bob wright said...

Titled opinions.

"how their products are shoddy"

Not true as a blanket statement sethstrom. You paint with a very broad brush.

Wal-mart's produce is very good - better in most instances than Kroger's produce. I personally shop at both stores and compare their products.

Wal-Mart's commodities are cheaper than at any other store and are the exact same products - paper towels, toothpaste, light bulbs, trash bags, soap, auto parts, etc.

If you think the products at Wal-Mart are shoddy, than these same products are shoddy everywhere else in the country - hardly worthy of a blanket condemnation of Wal-Mart.

The only "not-so-good things that seem to happen" is uninformed people complaining about a store that has saved millions of Americans billions of dollars.

 
At 9/21/2009 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penn & Teller had a great episode of Bullshit on Walmart. Here is a clip from the Showtime site. If you have a Roku Digital video player and any level of Netflix account ($8.95 or better), you can watch the entire episode instantly.

 
At 9/21/2009 10:01 PM, Anonymous steve said...

I saw politics play a role in our community as a Wal-Mart was blocked because the city thought the store would not draw the right kind of people.

 
At 9/21/2009 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The area that they are proposing to build the walmart doesn't have much shopping (or that was the last site they proposed..).

There aren't many 'not so good' things that happen. People save money and high price retailers go out of business if their additional services aren't worth it to the customer (service does count...especially if you're well off).

 
At 9/22/2009 1:34 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...


The area that they are proposing to build the walmart doesn't have much shopping (or that was the last site they proposed..).

Then why hasn't anyone else stepped in(if nobody has already tried)?

 
At 9/22/2009 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reference the first Anonymous comment. If MI compares favorably to IL in business friendliness, just how bad is IL? The people of IL need to wake up and dump some democrat politicians.

 
At 9/22/2009 2:57 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


Reference the first Anonymous comment. If MI compares favorably to IL in business friendliness, just how bad is IL? The people of IL need to wake up and dump some politicians.

That doesn't change my question, as it should repel even the folks in Bentonville.

 
At 9/22/2009 3:09 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Well thankfully sethstorm still hasn't a clue and is still sharing his fairy tales with us...

"I'd like to see the change in opinion when they hear of all of the not-so-good things that always seem to happen"...

What are these alledged 'not-so-good-things' sethstorm?

Considering its Chicago and Cook county there is no one forcing anyone to shop at a Walmart store...

"That doesn't change my question, as it should repel even the folks in Bentonville"...

The first anon's comment answered it completely and comprehensivly sethstorm...

Maybe you need someone else to explain to you what the comment means...

 
At 9/22/2009 3:44 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


The first anon's comment answered it completely and comprehensively

No, by the logic that it is business-hostile, it should repel Bentonville. Or would that expose them as a "special interest" too?


What are these alledged 'not-so-good-things' sethstorm?

See the second post that ends in 9/21/2009 6:06 PM.

It is the only place that seems to have them on a regular basis.

 

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