Indeed, as of early afternoon on Black Friday, Walmart said it had sold 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million TVs, 1.3 million dolls and 250,000 bicycles.
"We estimate that less than 50 associates participated in the (union) protest nationwide," said Walmart CEO Bill Simon. "In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year."
It's not hard to see why the union's tactic failed.
Wasn't it just two weeks ago that Americans got an object lesson in organized labor's destructiveness, when the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union showed it would rather close down Hostess, maker of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding-Dongs and other sugary treats, than compromise.
Today, as a result of that union's militant intransigence, 18,500 workers have lost their jobs.
Whatever you might think of Walmart workers, they're not fools. They have no desire to be jobless for the holidays, as Hostess' workers will be.
In their so-called "campaign" — really, economic blackmail of the crudest sort — the unions have engaged in a poisonous propaganda attack on Walmart.
What they never say is that the world's biggest retail chain is in fact a major force for good in the U.S. economy.
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