Threatening Workers

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After several pharmacy workers filed complaints, the National Labor Relations Board found that UFCW officials broke the law by threatening workers who did not pay dues to the union.

Federal labor regulators sanctioned an Ohio labor union for violating the rights of workers at CVS.

A National Labor Relations Board regional office ruled that the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1059 violated federal labor protections when officials threatened non-dues-paying workers at the national drug store…

The CVS workers received legal assistance from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Foundation president Mark Mix said that UFCW’s “bullying tactics” are typical in states that allow businesses to maintain union-only workplaces.

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After several pharmacy workers filed complaints, the National Labor Relations Board found that UFCW officials broke the law by threatening workers who did not pay dues to the union. Federal labor regulators sanctioned an Ohio labor union for violating the rights of workers at CVS. A National Labor Relations Board regional office ruled that the […]

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Retiree Sues UFCW Funds

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A retired union member is suing three UFCW funds for breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination. She alleges that she received the defendants’ approval for knee surgery, but that they refused to pay after she had the surgery.

A retired union worker from Kunkletown is suing UFCW Local 464A Welfare Funds, Local 464A United Food and Commercial Workers Welfare Service Benefit Fund and Local 464A United Food and Commercial Benefit Fund, Board Of Trustees, citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination.

Denise Sedorchuck filed a complaint on April 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging that they violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on April 29, 2015, she underwent surgery due to degenerative joint disease on her left knee, with the defendants’ approval, but after the procedure, she was denied her benefits under the welfare service benefit funds and has consequently incurred personal expenses.

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A retired union member is suing three UFCW funds for breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination. She alleges that she received the defendants’ approval for knee surgery, but that they refused to pay after she had the surgery. A retired union worker from Kunkletown is suing UFCW Local 464A Welfare Funds, Local 464A United Food […]

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UFCW Loses

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flagler liveWalmart requested and received an injunction against the UFCW prohibiting “future trespasses and nuisances” from a Florida circuit court. The UFCW appealed, but an appeals court panel ruled unanimously against the union.

A state appeals court Friday upheld a trespassing injunction sought by Wal-Mart against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. A three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal said the case is part of a broader dispute about demonstrations that the union has held against Wal-Mart in various parts of the country.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. sought an injunction in Orange County circuit court against “future trespasses and nuisances,” Friday’s ruling said. A circuit judge granted the injunction, spurring the union to appeal.

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Walmart requested and received an injunction against the UFCW prohibiting “future trespasses and nuisances” from a Florida circuit court. The UFCW appealed, but an appeals court panel ruled unanimously against the union. A state appeals court Friday upheld a trespassing injunction sought by Wal-Mart against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. A three-judge […]

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Does Membership Pay?

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washington timesA recently-negotiated contract between the UFCW and a grocery chain will result in lower wages than Walmart pays. And, of course, Walmart workers don’t have to pay union dues.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has long spearheaded the move to organize Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer. Despite years of friendly media coverage, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent (mostly from the forced dues of employees on fixed incomes), the protests have not succeeded in increasing unionization.

The value proposition that unions offer potential members is that they’d be able to negotiate better employee pay than employees could achieve on their own. This view goes largely unchallenged in today’s culture, and declining unionization rates are often pointed to as a factor in the decline of the country’s middle class. But is this view correct or just politically correct?

Consider last week’s agreement between the UFCW and the retail giant Kroger. In a three-year contract that covers 8,500 Indiana employees, the agreed-upon hourly wage rate is $8.50, with a top hourly wage for seasoned employees of $13.90. (These wage rates are before union dues deductions.)

Compare that to Wal-Mart, which the UFCW group OUR Wal-Mart claims exploits employees. Walmart’s starting wage is $9, which quickly increases to $10 after a six month training program… And its top wage for a cashier in Indiana is $17. Kind of undercuts the argument that unions are needed to negotiate “fair” wages.

So who is the winner from unionization contracts like Kroger’s? Crony union bosses, who sell their members the bill of goods that they can negotiate higher pay then pocket the millions of dollars of dues money paid by their members. It’s a scam.

 

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A recently-negotiated contract between the UFCW and a grocery chain will result in lower wages than Walmart pays. And, of course, Walmart workers don’t have to pay union dues. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has long spearheaded the move to organize Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer. Despite years of friendly media coverage, […]

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Promoting Pot

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metro phillyA UFCW boss would like for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to start peddling marijuana in its state-owned liquor stores. “Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, which represents about 3,500 state store workers, called selling marijuana at the shops ‘just a common-sense thing to do.’”

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A UFCW boss would like for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to start peddling marijuana in its state-owned liquor stores. “Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, which represents about 3,500 state store workers, called selling marijuana at the shops ‘just a common-sense thing to do.’”

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Striking for Nothing

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cbc newsStriking UFCW members at a hotel in Canada just agreed to end a five-month strike after gaining nothing. About 70% of employees supported accepting the final offer the hotel made last December. In spite of the strike, some union members chose to continue working.

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Striking UFCW members at a hotel in Canada just agreed to end a five-month strike after gaining nothing. About 70% of employees supported accepting the final offer the hotel made last December. In spite of the strike, some union members chose to continue working.

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“Poor Representation”

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ventura county starDue to “poor representation,” the UFCW badly lost a decertification vote in California.

Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc., both based in Oxnard, cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW.

The vote came down to 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union.

A petition to decertify the UFCW was filed with the farm labor board last week and signed by about 80 percent of the workers who complained about poor representation.

 

 

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Due to “poor representation,” the UFCW badly lost a decertification vote in California. Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc., both based in Oxnard, cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW. The vote came down to 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW […]

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