Anything for a Buck

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marijuanaAlthough it’s still illegal, the UFCW lobbied for — and now will profit from — marijuana in Minnesota, TwinCities.com reports.

“What excites the UFCW, [union spokesman Bernie] Hesse said, is the potential to get in early on what could be a fast-growing business.”

The UFCW is one of the nation’s biggest pushers of marijuana legalization. It has also unionized marijuana workers in California, Colorado, and Washington.”

Although it’s still illegal, the UFCW lobbied for — and now will profit from — marijuana in Minnesota, TwinCities.com reports. “What excites the UFCW, [union spokesman Bernie] Hesse said, is the potential to get in early on what could be a fast-growing business.” The UFCW is one of the nation’s biggest pushers of marijuana legalization. […]

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Threatening a Kid

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National_Labor_Relations_Board_logo_-_colorIn a case revolving around the union’s treatment of a 16-year-old part-time employee, an NLRB administrative law judge has found that UFCW Local 135 broke the law by engaging in several unfair labor practices against the boy. The union required new grocery store employees to go to a union office to join the union or to become a nonmember Beck objector and pay reduced fees. The judge found these to be violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Additionally, the union failed to provide the boy (a nonmember Beck objector) with an independently-verified “detailed apportionment of its expenditures for representational and nonrepresentational activities,” which the judge also found broke the law.

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In a case revolving around the union’s treatment of a 16-year-old part-time employee, an NLRB administrative law judge has found that UFCW Local 135 broke the law by engaging in several unfair labor practices against the boy. The union required new grocery store employees to go to a union office to join the union or […]

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Scandalous

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WatchdogThe UFCW has been using Catalist, a Democrat vendor accused of illegally coordinating with hundreds of Democrat campaigns. The UFCW has paid the company more than $1 million over the last several years.

The UFCW has been using Catalist, a Democrat vendor accused of illegally coordinating with hundreds of Democrat campaigns. The UFCW has paid the company more than $1 million over the last several years.

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With Friends Like These…

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myWestmanIn Canada, UFCW is backing a party leader whose party has regulated UFCW members out of work, myWestman.ca reports:

Recently, the United Food and Commercial workers, (UFCW) announced they are backing Greg Selinger for leader of the NDP [New Democratic Party]. I guess the unions have to choose who they will officially back but fortunately the members who are selected as delegates don’t have to vote the way  the union says, it is a secret ballot and supposedly, the unions are letting members vote as they please.

There’s another irony at play here in Manitoba and that is how can the UFCW support the NDP at all. The UFCW represents the hog plant workers at Hylife and at Maple Leaf. The NDP have done just about everything they can to knock down the pork industry. The hog barn ban has made it almost impossible to build a new hog barn. The new regulations have closed many smaller hog barns. The Hylife plant has enough hogs but Maple Leaf plant has to cut back hours due to a hog shortage. The UFCW should do the math and convince the NDP to allow construction of hog barns in the many places where a hog barn can be safely built. That makes a lot of sense.

That’s just the point, when it comes to politics, sometimes things just don’t make sense.

In Canada, UFCW is backing a party leader whose party has regulated UFCW members out of work, myWestman.ca reports: Recently, the United Food and Commercial workers, (UFCW) announced they are backing Greg Selinger for leader of the NDP [New Democratic Party]. I guess the unions have to choose who they will officially back but fortunately […]

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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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