Another interesting note about Powells is that, while it has a reputation as being counter-culture
, they have been acting very poorly towards their employee
s. Recently they were on strike
. Their main complaint was that the average wage at Powells, including the high payed computer geek
s at Powells.com was on the order of $8 an hour. They voted to unionize
and Powell (the man behind the store), for a long time, refused to recognize the union.
It was a very odd thing to cross a picket line to go to a book store
. I promised the striking workers who accosted
me in the street that I would browse a lot, and leave books in the wrong place, but not buy
anthing. That seemed to make them smile
They now have a contract so we can all shop at Powells again without feeling guilty.