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The union way: Shafting merit

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The union representing Giant Eagle workers at a store in Edinboro did the rank and file no favor by arguing against merit raises that management wanted to give 25 workers.

To ensure solidarity, the union way, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 filed a grievance, arguing that the company needed the union's permission to grant raises at the Erie County store. And, in typical fashion, an arbiter sided with the union's leadership. When that decision was appealed, a court sided with the oppressive union wage depressors.

The case, detailed by James Sherk for The Heritage Foundation, doesn't merely dispel President Obama's assertion that people succeed and grow rich based on performance. What happened to those supermarket workers and, for that matter, to all unionized workers exposes the lie from Big Labor's lamenter in chief.

Unions detest recognizing individual performance from hard workers lest it make the slackers look like, well, slackers. Consequently, unionized shops offer performance-based pay less than half as often as nonunion businesses, Mr. Sherk notes.

But that might change.

Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have reintroduced legislation that amends the National Labor Relations Act to prevent unions from capping members' pay, thereby allowing performance-based raises. Will Big Labor fight this measure, too?

For all their strong-arm tactics and weak arguments, union socialists have no right to deny hardworking Americans the merit pay they earn.

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