> No, I don't think so. A union is a group of workers with a common
> employer who agree to withhold their labor unless the employer meets
> certain terms. A union ideally should be much more than that, but it
> can't be any less and still be called a union.
Yes. I had the half-formed idea that a traditional union is a group of workers who self-organize within the walls of a factory meant for work, and OWS is a group of workers who organize within the fences of a park meant for leisure. The condition of enclosure, not the employer, and the activity of organization, would be common to both. But perhaps this is half-baked!
> I think the first step would be talking to the workers, rather than
> talking to a union.
I was imagining Boots as a worker, or a Boots-influenced worker, approaching the union. The union organizer would say let's get a contract and a little bump. $15/hr would be pie in the sky to him.