Chicago Wal-Mart Update II: Inexcusable
Only seven shopping days left till Christmas, and you know what that means: Head for the suburbs.
This year's holiday shoppers have shorter lists, and they're looking for bargains like never before. Industry surveys show that half or more of them are spending time and money at big-box discount chains. Can you say Wal-Mart? Consumers who are seduced by those ads for a $195 iPod Touch or a $299 Toshiba laptop will likely find their closest Wal-Mart outside the city limits, thanks to Chicago's labor unions.
This is doubly maddening if all you want for Christmas is a job. Since 2004, when a divided City Council voted to allow Chicago's first Wal-Mart, the economy has gone down, down, down, while efforts to bring in a second Wal-Mart -- and 500 new jobs -- have gone nowhere.
Employers aren't exactly lining up to come to town these days. The Chicago unions want jobs on their terms or not at all, and they're getting the latter. That's inexcusable.
~Chicago Tribune editorial