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metro edmontonThe UFCW wrote a letter to the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party whining about another party official’s criticism of the New Democratic Party’s decision to give the union office space inside  Parliament.

Two more union leaders are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy on labour rights.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias and CLC president Hassan Yussuff have joined the chorus of union leaders who are furious that Liberals have criticized New Democrats for providing parliamentary office space to their staffers’ union local.

They’ve sent letters to Trudeau denouncing the Liberal move, following the lead of three other unions — the United Food and Commercial Workers, United Steelworkers and Canadian Union of Public Employees.

In his letter, Dias says Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc’s denunciation of the practice is “completely unacceptable” and leaves the impression that “workers’ rights can be disregarded in the cause of cheap political theatre.”

Earlier this week, LeBlanc called it “very bizarre” that the NDP are “using taxpayers’ money to fund their union operation out of their leader’s office.” The arrangement “completely blurred the lines” about the proper use of parliamentary resources, he said.

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The UFCW wrote a letter to the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party whining about another party official’s criticism of the New Democratic Party’s decision to give the union office space inside  Parliament. Two more union leaders are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy on labour rights. Unifor national president Jerry Dias and CLC […]

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Meddling

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newsworksThe UFCW is meddling in politics in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and Alberta, Canada.

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The UFCW is meddling in politics in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and Alberta, Canada.

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Anything for a Buck

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sacramento beeThe UFCW is scheming and conspiring to legalize marijuana in California with a ballot measure.

There’s no shortage of views on the question of legalizing recreational marijuana in California.

That much was evident at a series of focus groups earlier this year, where 48 men and women representing a cross-section of the state filed into rooms with one-way mirrors to share their opinions. The research is aimed at shaping an expected legalization initiative for the 2016 ballot…

Though public polls show a growing majority of state voters back the concept of legalizing marijuana, the data gathered in Riverside, Fremont and Los Angeles underscore the challenges to crafting a measure that can withstand the scrutiny of a multimillion-dollar opposition campaign. Commissioned by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council, the research also provides an example of the steps being taken by sophisticated political operations to help shape a ballot-box fight with national implications.

The UFCW Western States Council, an umbrella labor group for 160,000 grocery and other workers across the state, is one of many health, government, environmental and marijuana industry organizations in discussions with leaders of the ballot effort.

The group already has a foothold in the marijuana industry, representing about 1,000 workers in medical cannabis jobs, and wants in on the ground floor of expansion efforts. Unions want to make sure a proposal contains strong workplace protections, said Jim Araby, executive director of the UFCW Western States Council…

Araby… envisions enlisting thousands of campaigners from organized labor who could advertise the effort, hold phone banks and invest in TV ads.

“The biggest challenge now,” Araby said, “is to make sure the groups that have the resources to put something on the ballot and pass it all work together.”

The UFCW is also supporting an effort to legalize “medical” marijuana  in Ohio by ballot measure.

If passed, the proposal would create a Marijuana Control Commission that would license 10 farms around the state – which the investors have already purchased – to grow the crop. Another 1,100 licenses would be issued for testing laboratories, manufacturing facilities and retail outlets.

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The UFCW is scheming and conspiring to legalize marijuana in California with a ballot measure. There’s no shortage of views on the question of legalizing recreational marijuana in California. That much was evident at a series of focus groups earlier this year, where 48 men and women representing a cross-section of the state filed into […]

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Dubious Methods

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jdsupra business advisorThe UFCW’s random strikes against Walmart might be illegal.

Can Walmart workers have it both ways? A labor “tactic du jour” is intermittent one-day strikes. Historically, employees can work or strike, but they can’t lawfully do both: so-called “intermittent” strikes have not been legally protected. But one-day protests have been the hallmark of a campaign by Our Walmart, which is affiliated with and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers union (one-day protests are also a hallmark of the “Fight for $15” and affiliated campaigns against retailers and fast food chains). Walmart allegedly warned its would-be strikers in advance of their walkouts that it considered their activity to be “unprotected,” and then disciplined or discharged some of the employees for attendance policy violations. Not surprisingly, Walmart is now defending against an NLRB complaint. According to Walmart (and prior case law), the workers have a right to strike, but they don’t have the right to intermittently strike and “come back” to disrupt the business. On the other hand, Our Walmart and the Board General Counsel apparently contend that the walkouts are protected Section 7 activity, regardless of length and frequency, thus setting up a test case before the Board in somewhat uncharted waters. Unions and worker centers like the tactic because it can, as a practical matter, effectively prevent the replacement of economic strikers. The current NLRB majority will no doubt be receptive to the union argument, as its effort to increase the power of organized labor has been anything but intermittent. How a federal circuit court will view the tactic is less clear.

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The UFCW’s random strikes against Walmart might be illegal. Can Walmart workers have it both ways? A labor “tactic du jour” is intermittent one-day strikes. Historically, employees can work or strike, but they can’t lawfully do both: so-called “intermittent” strikes have not been legally protected. But one-day protests have been the hallmark of a campaign […]

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Disgraceful

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national reviewFor years, the UFCW has run a shameful, illegal, and sometimes weird campaign against Walmart.

Courts and authorities in several states barred the UFCW and OUR Walmart from trespassing on company property. A Maryland judge, for example, declared that activists taking part in the anti-Walmart campaign had to post a $10,000 bond that would be forfeited “for the payment of any damage” if they refused to obey an injunction. Walmart also sued to keep labor activists out of its Florida locations after the UFCW continued to illegally trespass in stores, disrupt customers, and even use crude tactics such as handing “a rotten pumpkin painted in support of OUR Walmart” to a store manager in Orlando.

A Texas appeals court ruled that the labor unions and protesters behind the mass demonstrations at Walmart had to face trespassing allegations. The company filed suit last year after the UFCW and OUR Walmart repeatedly entered stores, ignored no-solicitation signs, blocked access to parking lots, screamed through bullhorns, and staged flash mobs. As a result of protests in Michigan, the National Labor Relations Board ordered the UFCW to stop “restraining and coercing employees” while protesting. According to an NRLB complaint from 2014, two UFCW officials stormed into a Dearborn store’s electronics department with “50 to 80 unknown individuals” and interfered with shoppers while intimidating employees. Eight other protesters, including one man, then barged into the women’s restroom and “coercively interrogated an employee regarding her wages, hours and working conditions.”

In fact, court rulings and findings by the NLRB forced the union to issue a public disclaimer pledging to not enter Walmart property except to shop in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, and Texas. In other words, courts across the country agreed that the UFCW’s methods as exercised through OUR Walmart were unlawful.

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For years, the UFCW has run a shameful, illegal, and sometimes weird campaign against Walmart. Courts and authorities in several states barred the UFCW and OUR Walmart from trespassing on company property. A Maryland judge, for example, declared that activists taking part in the anti-Walmart campaign had to post a $10,000 bond that would be […]

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Wage Theft

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nrtwfThe UFCW is being taken to federal court for not respecting the rights of several Arizona workers to resign from the union and halt dues collections.

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The UFCW is being taken to federal court for not respecting the rights of several Arizona workers to resign from the union and halt dues collections.

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