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Whole Foods might give you herpes

August 14, 2009

I’m not normally in complete adoration of consumer boycott campaigns: they seem to put all their organic eggs in the same basket, so to speak, by discounting the daily grind of civil rights or solidarity work in favor of passive shopping criteria. However, one subtopic of the focus on the lack of universal health care in the U.S. is the phenomenon of major ‘healthy’ corporations such as Whole Foods and their battle against the public good. Its verbose CEO John Mackey is not only an anti on sane public health care policy, he is also anti-union in ‘an industry that is largely unionized.’ Here are his erotically-charged thoughts on unions:

‘The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover.’

Blogger J.R. Boyd is a Whole Foods employee. I quote with his permission:

‘I work for Whole Foods. They supplement their anti-union stance with various “empowerment” policies and other incentives that seem to be popular among the employees. It’s like a reverse Wal-Mart strategy where they claim everything we like about working for Whole Foods will end if we vote union. Mackey likes to play the benevolent patriarch just so long as he’s never asked to surrender any of his power.’

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 14:57

    OK, OK. OK.

  2. southissouth permalink
    August 16, 2009 21:20

    Very dear Angry Arab: Pleased that the threat of sexually transmitted diseases in the lettuce aisle finally helped you, well, turn a leaf. Sincerely, S/S

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