I spent some 40 years in the Food Industry, as a Retailer, Wholesaler, Broker, and Direct Sales Food Manufacturer. It's def. downsized and diversified over those years. There's quite a "laundry list" of food retailers who are no longer around.
With the consolidation of the Big 3 (Kroger, Safeway, and Supervalu/Albertsons) in the face of the Walmart gauntlet, the industry has shifted to the independent operator, niche marketeer, and the "combo" outlet. You can buy staples like milk and bread everywhere and competitively priced.
When I was a kid, we went to the meat market, the produce stand, the egg ranch, the dairy, and the local bakery for our household foodstuffs. Out of that came the grocery store (the first I remember was Mayflower Market in Glendora). Families could do all their weekly shopping in one place.
I started working for Market Basket in Covina back in the mid 60's. I would take my shirt and tie to work on a hanger, as most days I'd never leave the backroom. We would get 1-2 full truck deliveries A DAY...all deadpiled (pallets weren't invented yet), all price-marked by hand, and stacked in rows waiting to be stocked.
Today, the trends seem to have reverted back to those "early" days. Families shop a multiplicity of retailers for both variety and savings. Most households are multi-income to survive (especially here in Cali), and have busy schedules. The dinner hour can run from 4pm - 9pm, if there's one at all. Meals away from home continue to skyrocket.
Glad I'm "retired" out of the industry....It was a hellua ride...
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled on many occasions that businesses and corporations cannot legally prevent employees from sharing their salaries or the salaries of their co-workers. In most cases, employers are not required to publicize the wages of their employees, but neither can they bar them from giving that information to each other or the media. When disgruntled employees bring these regulations to the attention of the NLRB, the employer is required to remove the language from their employee manuals. (This doesn’t apply to managers, supervisors and other employees not under the jurisdiction of the NLRB.)
We could also use the auto industries as an analogy. I hear a lot of belly aching about their unions, but at the same time senior management is giving themselves billions of dollars in salary AND bonuses.
Who's to blame for the problems in America (or the world for that matter). Is it the greedy owners or the greedy employee's, i.e., the players or the owners???
Personally, I agree that most of the unions are just a bunch of corrupt fockers that are taking a little bit of $$ from everyone (which amounts to alot of $$)...but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that Wisconson (or anyone else for that matter) is trying to save money by busting the unions. They are simply trying to pad their own pockets.
I don't own a boat because the Jones' make too much fokking money!