Grocery Employees Reject UFCW

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IsthmusIsthmus.com reports that after months of agitating, the UFCW has failed to organize a co-op grocery store in Madison, WI. The UFCW had initially planned to try to unionize two stores and a separate kitchen. But the union got cold feet, cancelled the scheduled election in December, and asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to allow an election at the one store perceived to be more pro-union. The NLRB then set a new election for this month.

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Isthmus.com reports that after months of agitating, the UFCW has failed to organize a co-op grocery store in Madison, WI. The UFCW had initially planned to try to unionize two stores and a separate kitchen. But the union got cold feet, cancelled the scheduled election in December, and asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) […]

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Ill-Gotten Gains

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NowTorontoThe UFCW is padding its bank accounts with money from illegal sources.

California cannabis workers have been unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 5 Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division since 2010. In 2011, some 8,000 of Colorado’s legal pot sellers and workers, also joined the UFCW.

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The UFCW is padding its bank accounts with money from illegal sources. California cannabis workers have been unionized with the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Local 5 Medical Cannabis and Hemp Division since 2010. In 2011, some 8,000 of Colorado’s legal pot sellers and workers, also joined the UFCW.

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Defending the Status Quo

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bethesdamagAlthough many are unhappy with Montgomery County, Maryland’s Department of Liquor Control, which runs the local liquor stores, the UFCW has long opposed privatizing the stores, Bethesda Magazine reports:

The local liquor control system – which dates back to the end of Prohibition in 1933, and is the only such system in the country at the county level – long has been the subject of complaints from restaurateurs and retail store owners, as well as consumers. There also have been contentions in recent years that it has stymied the county’s night life and the attendant ability to attract younger residents… A formal survey of those holding licenses to sell alcoholic beverages in the county … found significant unhappiness not only with product availability, but also with overall DLC [Department of Liquor Control] operations. “In general, licensees are dissatisfied with DLC’s operations, processes and performance as the wholesaler of alcoholic beverages in Montgomery County,” the report says… Resistance from UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO, the union representing most of the DLC workforce, also has been a long-time barrier to privatization.

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Although many are unhappy with Montgomery County, Maryland’s Department of Liquor Control, which runs the local liquor stores, the UFCW has long opposed privatizing the stores, Bethesda Magazine reports: The local liquor control system – which dates back to the end of Prohibition in 1933, and is the only such system in the country at […]

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Wasting Money on Politics

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Last year, the UFCW spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of its members’ money meddling in Ontario politics, CFRA News Talk reports.

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Last year, the UFCW spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of its members’ money meddling in Ontario politics, CFRA News Talk reports.

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Thieves

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nationalrighttoworkBowing to the inevitable, the UFCW just agreed to return dues it had illegally-collected from former union members. The grocery store workers resigned from the union, but the union continued to collect dues from their paychecks, National Right to Work reports.

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Bowing to the inevitable, the UFCW just agreed to return dues it had illegally-collected from former union members. The grocery store workers resigned from the union, but the union continued to collect dues from their paychecks, National Right to Work reports.

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Racist?

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elsuperThe president of UFCW Local 135 accused Hispanic and Asian grocery stores of selling “food of questionable quality,” the San Diego Free Press reports:

In City Heights the El Super [which the UFCW is attacking] competes directly with locally owned and managed Murphy’s Markets as well as a collection of Asian based grocery stores, none of which are union and pay minimum wage as well. ”What you have here is an economic stranglehold by ethnic markets in low income communities based on the selling of food of questionable quality in many cases”, says [UFCW Local 135 President Mickey] Kasperian.

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The president of UFCW Local 135 accused Hispanic and Asian grocery stores of selling “food of questionable quality,” the San Diego Free Press reports: In City Heights the El Super [which the UFCW is attacking] competes directly with locally owned and managed Murphy’s Markets as well as a collection of Asian based grocery stores, none […]

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Against it, before they were for it

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The UFCW opposed including some workers in a unionization election. Now that layoffs appear imminent, the greedy union demands that the excluded workers be forced into the union, TheDay.com reports:

When the United Food and Commercial Workers union sought to represent bartenders and the like at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it made a point of excluding workers at what was then MGM Grand at Foxwoods, the freestanding casino that’s been renamed The Fox Tower.

Now, a year after reaching agreement on a contract – and with layoffs said to be imminent – Local 371 of the UFCW claims the beverage servers, bartenders, lounge hosts and bar porters working at The Fox Tower “must be made” members of the union.

“Further, all employees must be integrated into the existing seniority lists,” the union said in a “prohibited practice” complaint filed with the Mashantucket Employment Rights Office. The complaint is the subject of a hearing scheduled this morning.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe owns Foxwoods, including The Fox Tower.

“In our contract, we excluded MGM employees,” Keri Hoehne, a UFCW representative, acknowledged this week in an email. “However, there no longer are any MGM employees, and it is the union’s understanding that Fox Tower employees in all other classifications have merged with the employees at Foxwoods. We believe that the Fox Tower employees should enjoy the same benefits and protections as all other Local 371 union members at Foxwoods.”

But some Fox Tower employees say they’ve been Foxwoods employees all along and that they’re not eager to join the union because their relative lack of seniority could make them especially vulnerable to layoffs of union members.

While MGM Grand/Fox Tower opened in 2008, some veteran UFCW members have worked for 20 years or more at Foxwoods, which opened in 1992…

One Fox Tower beverage server called the timing of the union’s push to include Fox Tower employees “very suspect.”

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The UFCW opposed including some workers in a unionization election. Now that layoffs appear imminent, the greedy union demands that the excluded workers be forced into the union, TheDay.com reports: When the United Food and Commercial Workers union sought to represent bartenders and the like at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it made a point of excluding […]

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