Overwhelming Defeat

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tri-city heraldThe UFCW suffered an overwhelming defeat at a meat processing plant in Washington State. Employees voted 686 to 129 to get rid of the union.

Workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at Wallula ejected the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1439 after a vote counted this week.

In a lopsided decision, 686 production and maintenance workers voted to decertify the union and 129 wanted to retain it, the National Labor Relations Board said. The NLRB counted votes this week after conducting the election Nov. 18.

There is a seven-day waiting period to object before results are certified, a NLRB spokeswoman said. After that happens, plant employees will negotiate their own employment terms. If the union contract featured mandatory dues, employees will no longer pay those.

Calls to the Spokane-based union and its legal counsel were not returned Friday…

The decertification vote comes only six years after Wallula workers embraced the union.

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The UFCW suffered an overwhelming defeat at a meat processing plant in Washington State. Employees voted 686 to 129 to get rid of the union. Workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at Wallula ejected the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1439 after a vote counted this week. In a lopsided decision, 686 production […]

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UFCW Members Unhappy with Union

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times-republicanUFCW members protested against their union’s leadership for a second time. The members are unhappy about the union’s lack of transparency, about members’ complaints not being taken seriously, and about a recent election in which some members were not allowed to vote.

With signs demanding dignity, justice and respect, approximately 150 dissatisfied union workers protested peacefully outside United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1149 headquarters in Marshalltown late Tuesday afternoon…

The protesters alleged union officials have not adequately reported on a new contract ratified two months ago with JBS, a local pork producer who employs the workers, did not communicate changes in contract language, have blocked the election of reform-minded union stewards, and have not allowed union members to vote in elections.

Other grievances included a host of worker’s rights issues, safety issues and changes made in the worker’s health care plan without a vote…

It was the second time in five weeks a protest was held outside local UFCW offices.

A Nov. 2 protest attracted approximately 250…

Realizing she hadn’t been able to see the contract…, Maria decided to collect signatures and pressure Kail, Luis Rosales and Mike Graves to show the contract to the union members.

Maria said normally the UFCW shows members new contracts, policies and plans sent by JBS in order for the workers and administrators to come to an agreement on policy. She said that didn’t happen with the most recent contract.

Collecting signatures of union workers wanting to know more about the new contract was easy, Bernice [Sanchez] said.

“Once the rumor spread that she was looking for signatures, Maria got over 200 people to sign,” Bernice said…

The main complaints of union workers is the UFCW is not taking reported complaints seriously, in a timely manner or were not addressed at all, Bernice [Sanchez] said…

“Many of the problems I have heard are about miscommunication,” [Joe Enriquez] Henry said. “Some workers feel the union isn’t listening to them well.”

 

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UFCW members protested against their union’s leadership for a second time. The members are unhappy about the union’s lack of transparency, about members’ complaints not being taken seriously, and about a recent election in which some members were not allowed to vote. With signs demanding dignity, justice and respect, approximately 150 dissatisfied union workers protested […]

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Biting the Hand that Feeds Them

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ctv atlantic newsUFCW members who are employed by a Canadian potato chip company are urging consumers to stop buying their company’s products.

Workers at a successful start-up potato chip company in Hartland, N.B., are organizing a boycott of their product, saying it’s the only way to gain traction in an ongoing labour dispute.

Thirty-two unionized employees at Covered Bridge Potato Chip Factory are in a labour dispute with the company over pay and seniority…

With chips still coming off the assembly line, workers hope the boycott will steer negotiations back to the bargaining table.

 

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UFCW members who are employed by a Canadian potato chip company are urging consumers to stop buying their company’s products. Workers at a successful start-up potato chip company in Hartland, N.B., are organizing a boycott of their product, saying it’s the only way to gain traction in an ongoing labour dispute. Thirty-two unionized employees at […]

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Disrespecting Workers

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norton rose fulbrightWorkers at a Canadian marijuana-growing facility voted against joining the UFCW, but the union asked the provincial government to impose union membership on the workers. The government declined to do so.

Despite MedReleaf’s objections, the OLRB [Ontario Labor Relations Board] ordered that a vote be held. On June 1, 2015, a vote was held and the majority of MedReleaf’s employees voted against unionization. Despite the results of the vote, the UFCW persisted and filed unfair labour practice complaints, arguing for a remedial certification…

The OLRB dismissed all of the UFCW’s arguments…

 

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Workers at a Canadian marijuana-growing facility voted against joining the UFCW, but the union asked the provincial government to impose union membership on the workers. The government declined to do so. Despite MedReleaf’s objections, the OLRB [Ontario Labor Relations Board] ordered that a vote be held. On June 1, 2015, a vote was held and […]

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A House Divided

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cjmeA fraction of UFCW members at a Canadian hotel went on strike while the overwhelming majority of union members continued to work.

The hotel said the job action is not impacting guest services.

“We are business as usual, there is no impact, we have many people working,” maintained owner and manager Glenn Weir.

Not everyone is in favour of the job action – of the 100 workers UFCWrepresents at the hotel, about 20 are choosing to take part in this job action.

 

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A fraction of UFCW members at a Canadian hotel went on strike while the overwhelming majority of union members continued to work. The hotel said the job action is not impacting guest services. “We are business as usual, there is no impact, we have many people working,” maintained owner and manager Glenn Weir. Not everyone […]

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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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