Monday, September 02, 2002

In Saturday's Globe and Mail, Jan Wong writes of A country of sales clerks in honour of today being Labour Day. Of note was this passage:

But networking is another reason Koreans -- and not other ethnic groups -- have converged on convenience stores. Brother helps brother get started, cousin helps cousin, and everyone is bound together by language, culture and a vibrant community of churches.

In Toronto, for instance, the Korean storeowners have organized a powerful wholesale co-operative that sells its members everything from cigarettes to chocolate bars. Last June, when the National Post published a story deriding the refereeing that catapulted South Korea into the World Cup soccer semi-finals, storeowners across Canada refused, en masse, to sell the newspaper. The boycott lasted three weeks, until the Post apologized in print.

This just didn't happen in Toronto... I spoke with my own neighbourhood Korean convienence storeowner today about the article and he told me that he too participated in the boycott. (I didn't notice it at the time as I've stopped buying the National Post).

Now that's power in a union.

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