Rejected

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supermarket newsDue to its bankruptcy, A&P was closing a New York store and auctioning it off. A non-union grocery store chain submitted the winning bid. Rather than expressing thankfulness that the store would reopen – or just focusing on helping to find buyers for other stores that were closing – the UFCW tried to convince a federal bankruptcy judge to block the sale. The union wanted A&P to accept an inferior bid from a unionized company, which would likely deprive A&P’s creditors – possibly including its employees – of money they are due.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is asking the judge in the A&P bankruptcy case to disallow the acquisition of a Waldbaums by a non-union operator because it would mean a loss of union jobs…

“Please take the time to read and consider not selling us to the highest bid…” a joint letter from the store’s employees read.

However, the bid was approved. “The proposed bid from Best Market to acquire the grocery store at 40 Great Neck Rd. was accepted by a federal bankruptcy judge and now it’s all legal.”

While the union might be unhappy, local residents are “thrilled.”

The neighborhood is thrilled. Within days of posting the story on GreatNeckRecord.com, it received 300 Likes. Here’s what residents had to say:

We have regularly gone to the New Hyde Park store. Welcome to Great Neck.

We expect you to be as good here!!!

—Norman

I was just there yesterday, and I thought it would be a great fit in Great Neck. This one will be soooo convenient.

—Arianna

They have the best bakery, Italian breads, pastries and cheeses! Hope that parking lot can handle it.

—Daryl

The new owners will be renovating the store.

According to [Best Market representative Alejandro] Soto, each new store will be assessed and renovated to comply with Best Market standards. The acquisition of 10 new stores represents an enormous investment by the private company so, of course, it wants to transition the new stores as quickly as possible.

 

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Due to its bankruptcy, A&P was closing a New York store and auctioning it off. A non-union grocery store chain submitted the winning bid. Rather than expressing thankfulness that the store would reopen – or just focusing on helping to find buyers for other stores that were closing – the UFCW tried to convince a federal […]

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No Longer Growing like a Weed 

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oakland northAlthough the UFCW has targeted marijuana businesses for unionization, “unionization has hit a slump.”

After an initial flurry of union activity, unionization has hit a slump. Dan Rush, who had spearheaded the 2010 effort to unionize Oaksterdam [for the UFCW], was indicted on felony charges on August 17, 2015. The charges include taking $600,000 in loan forgiveness from two dispensary operators, as well as kickbacks from an attorney that he connected with dispensary operators and operators seeking licenses. Rush plead not guilty at his arraignment in September.

More importantly, the UFCW Local 5 that has jurisdiction in Oakland and most of the Bay Area has undergone a crucial change in leadership. On July 1, the local elected a new president. Since then, [the leader of the UFCW’s “Cannabis Workers Rising” campaign, Jeff] Ferro said, the union has steered away from aggressively organizing cannabis workplaces in order to concentrate on their current union members…

Thanks to the difficulties of unionizing the cannabis industry, other unions are still measuring how willing they are to dive into the legal twilight zone surrounding marijuana…

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Although the UFCW has targeted marijuana businesses for unionization, “unionization has hit a slump.” After an initial flurry of union activity, unionization has hit a slump. Dan Rush, who had spearheaded the 2010 effort to unionize Oaksterdam [for the UFCW], was indicted on felony charges on August 17, 2015. The charges include taking $600,000 in […]

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UFCW Officials “Ignore Us”

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times-republicanUnhappy union members protested the leadership of their UFCW local.

An estimated 250 members assembled, many carrying signs citing grievances against top officials. Bob May of Marshalltown, who helped organize the event and a 13-year union member, alleged union officials “ignore us and do what they want … and they are a little too close to (JBS) management (where many union workers are employed). Overall, many of us are just tired with their administration. There are a lot of dissatisfied people, they want new leadership and someone who will work for them.”

May and other employees also alleged local union officials have blocked the election of reform candidates running for union steward and offices.

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Unhappy union members protested the leadership of their UFCW local. An estimated 250 members assembled, many carrying signs citing grievances against top officials. Bob May of Marshalltown, who helped organize the event and a 13-year union member, alleged union officials “ignore us and do what they want … and they are a little too close […]

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Harassing Workers?

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boston globeA Boston clothing store is accusing the UFCW of following its workers and cursing at them in an effort to get them to join the union. “Primark said the union has intimidated workers to get them to join, including cursing at them and following them onto the T [Boston’s rapid transit network].”

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A Boston clothing store is accusing the UFCW of following its workers and cursing at them in an effort to get them to join the union. “Primark said the union has intimidated workers to get them to join, including cursing at them and following them onto the T [Boston’s rapid transit network].”

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Losing Steam  

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washington examiner 3The UFCW failed to mount serious nationwide protests of Walmart on Black Friday as it has done in years past.

Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer’s wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn’t work at the stores were hard to find.

An estimated 50 people showed up at a store in East Green Brush, N.Y…

A group of about two dozen people delivered a petition to a Walmart store in downtown D.C. calling for higher wages, judging from photos of the event. According to a company spokesman, “one or two” store employees took part in the protest, although nobody at that location was involved. The event was over well before noon.

Reports of other protests were hard to find on newswires, and visits to other Washington-area stores showed no protest activity of any kind.

One of the main anti-Walmart groups, Making Change at Walmart, didn’t mount any protests…

In previous years, Walmart protesters were able to at least mount a few events in a few cities to make the argument that there was a movement underway even if Walmart workers were scarce at those events, too.

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The UFCW failed to mount serious nationwide protests of Walmart on Black Friday as it has done in years past. Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer’s wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn’t work at the stores were hard to find. An estimated 50 people showed up […]

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Hypocrisy

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law week coloradoAlthough the UFCW likes to complain about alleged mistreatment of its members by their employers, the union is, once again, being accused of ripping its own employees off by not paying them for working overtime.

Colorado’s largest labor union is accused of failing to pay overtime wages owed to its own employees, and it isn’t the first time.

Maung Maung and Gustavo Ayon Navarro filed a lawsuit against their former employer, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 7, on Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit claims that the union violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Act by knowingly and willingly withholding overtime wages owed to representatives.

The UFCW Local 7 was sued over similar complaints back in 2005, which alleged its representatives were required to work as many as 70 hours a week without overtime pay. In that matter, the union claimed the plaintiffs were exempt because they were administrative employees. Of the 25 plaintiffs, 18 settled out, and after the court denied the union’s motion for summary judgment, the union reached a settlement with the remaining seven plaintiffs.

John Crone, of counsel with The Wick Law Office, is representing the former employees in the new lawsuit and said he expects other claimants to join the two named plaintiffs. As far as his firm currently knows, nothing has changed since the 2005 settlements regarding the representatives’ job duties and the direction they receive from the union’s management, which would help determine exemption status.

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Although the UFCW likes to complain about alleged mistreatment of its members by their employers, the union is, once again, being accused of ripping its own employees off by not paying them for working overtime. Colorado’s largest labor union is accused of failing to pay overtime wages owed to its own employees, and it isn’t […]

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On Vacation

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world socialist web site 2As UFCW members face possible unemployment, their union is unavailable.

Workers at one store in Southern California that is expected to close spoke to our reporters about Haggen and the role of the UFCW…

When asked about what the UFCW has done, Danny stated: “They haven’t done anything. They came in here a month ago to file some grievances but they have not followed through with any of our grievances. When we call the office, they tell us that they are on vacation.”

At another location, a worker commented on the absence of the union, “We’re not one of the stores that is closing, but they [UFCW] never showed up to the store.”

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As UFCW members face possible unemployment, their union is unavailable. Workers at one store in Southern California that is expected to close spoke to our reporters about Haggen and the role of the UFCW… When asked about what the UFCW has done, Danny stated: “They haven’t done anything. They came in here a month ago […]

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