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Definitely a risk to a degree. I will add though that unionized workers make up the overwhelming minority of UNFI employees. Truthfully I like the fact that Spinner isn't a doormat when it comes to these issues. I tend to hold only a modicum of patience for unions. If they were so great then everyone would be in 'em and they would be growing, not shrinking. Right to work states would be up against the ropes, not spreading.

Mackey is a bit of an enigma. I listened to that first interview yesterday but missed this morning's. Given his comments on Obamacare I would have thought perhaps a different reaction. But it's also important to remember the value in happy and devoted employees too. The best analogy I can draw there is with tenants. We rent our house out in GA and I cannot stress the importance in a good relationship there. Sure there are the initial hurdles to clear before the tenant moves in. But given those are cleared, working together on little things as the relationship goes along makes for a much more stable and productive situation on both sides of the coin for the longer haul. You almost can't really put a price on it.

No doubt it's a give and take for these guys too.

Thanks for posting Kent!

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