Although this small group of protesters randomly show up at new and existing Wawa’s throughout the Northeast, it does not seem to stop the fun or interrupt opening day business at the new Wawa’s and it definitely does not interrupt business operations at existing Wawa’s. In fact, when it comes to this small group, they seem to give Wawa some degree of respect, by keeping their distance and staying off Wawa’s property to convey their message.
“We spend our hard earned money here while they destroy everything that they stand for”
So who are these people and why are they there? They appear to be the original Wawa builders, contracted to build Wawa’s Nationwide, and their appearance is no secret. They have been showing up at grand openings, as well as existing stores for some time now. I guess we all know by now why our communities protest. It’s simply to get a message across, and to attract the attention of those not really listening to them, and that’s exactly what this group is doing.
They say that when Wawa builds new stores, they use an underpaid work force, leaving them out of a job and that it’s leading to the destruction of the communities they strive in.
They claim that “Wawa is destroying the wages and standards of the American working people” (according to pamphlets they hand out to motorists coming and going). They say that when Wawa builds new stores, they use an underpaid work force, leaving them out of a job and that’s leading to destruction of the communities they strive in.
I spoke to a one of them whom would not give his name and here’s what he had to say:
One builder said, “We spend our hard earned money here while they destroy everything that they stand for”
And according to their pamphlets:
• “We spend our hard earned money here while they destroy everything that they stand for”
• Unions have fought long and hard to help establish the eight hour work day, forty hour work week, weekends, and holidays with the blood and sweats of its members.”
So what has it accomplished? Probably nothing, but one thing is for sure, Wawa will still carry on their day to day operations with over 22,000 employees and nearly 700 locations nationwide. So the next time you go to a Wawa, don’t be surprised if you notice this small group, because you’re one of Wawa’s 400 million customers, and they may be waiting for you with a message to express.
About Wawa: Wawa Inc., a privately-held chain of convenience store / gas stations with nearly 700 locations along the East Coast of the United States. Learn more at www.wawa.com