Friday, January 27, 2006


Typical Union Politics

onIf they ain't union jobs then we don't want 'em!

Via OpinionJournal I caught this story about Walmart hiring near Chicago.
Eighteen months after the Chicago City Council torpedoed a South Side Wal-Mart, 24,500 Chicagoans applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in south suburban Evergreen Park, one block outside the city limits.

The new Wal-Mart at 2500 W. 95th is one block west of Western Avenue, the city boundary.

Of 25,000 job applicants, all but 500 listed Chicago addresses, said John Bisio, regional manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart.

Idiot Aldermen. Politics of unions and false demonizing of big-box stores isn't bringing jobs to those who need them. Sometimes I wonder if the politicians really want the populace to be stupid and unemployed. Makes for a more pliant voter I guess.

John O adds:

There's also forgone sales tax revenue to consider. Wal Mart's original proposal included an anchor store for a proposed large new shopping mall near the Dan Ryan Expressway near 71st. (For those who don't know, the 14 lane Dan Ryan is Chicago's busiest expressway; down its median runs the city's busiest el line. At least 200,000 different people must pass that location every week day.) A convient location, both for prospective customers and employees, it would certainly attract suburban commuters, with the added bonus of being situated on a route and very near a popular bypass route traveled by commuters from Indiana. Thus the potential for sales tax revenue to the city paid by people who live either in the suburbs or out of state was considerable. But in an exceedingly rare breach of protocol, the Chicago City Council over-ruled the local alderman and rejected this part of the proposal. Instead we get a Wal Mart 5 miles to the southwest, just across the city's border with Evergreen Park, half of the attendant traffic congestion and none of the tax money.

(Correction: I got the location of the proposed South Side Wal Mart wrong. The actual proposed location was one mile south, at 83rd and the Dan Ryan. Sorry.)

Bill C adds:
Chicago's aldermen often put self interest above the interests of their constituents. Whether it is a smoking ban or stringing out cable companies to squeeze as much as possible an alderman can be counted on to be a short term thinker. Of course, the people get what they deserve by reelecting them. A Chicago politician has a greater chance of leaving office by retiring or being indicted than of losing an election.

Bill O adds:
Immediately preceding the vote against the zoning change for the South Side WalMart on May 26, 2004, the City Council approved the construction of a WalMart on the West Side, due to open in the next few weeks. Two more WalMart locations within the city limits have since been approved, no others have been denied.


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