With this anti-labor administration in the White House, we have to commit ourselves to spending our money conscientiously as consumers.
It is absolutely time for citizens with a conscience to stop shopping anywhere that companies treat workers like trash. Carl’s Jr and Arby’s must be on the boycott list. Yuengling is a union-buster, they should be on the list. Wal-mart opposes workers’ rights.
Why boycott? The reason we must boycott is that by giving our dollars to these anti-labor businesses we ensure that their business practices will not change. Another way of thinking about it is this: when we spend our money at these bad actors, their competitors who treat employees more equitably don’t get our money. When their competitors don’t get our money they feel the need to behave like the bad actors to make similar profits on the business they do get.
We can encourage better business practices, therefore, by spending our money in a way that is consistent with our conscience. Boycotting is fundamental to changing the immoral economic system that gives all profits to owners and shareholders and leaves workers struggling to survive.
The more we spend at bad corporate citizens, the less incentive corporations have to change. The head of one of the worst corporate citizens has just been nominated Labor Secretary. Puzder is among the worst choices to be the voice of workers in our economy.
At the local level, this means citizens in Phoenixville must be vigilant in our choice to defend workers’ rights in our town.