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  • Union Support of Planned Parenthood Goes Far Beyond Donations

    08/04/2015 3:47:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 3, 2015 4:08pm ET | Jeff Dunetz
    People who pay union dues may be donating to Planned Parenthood whether they like it or not. The Free Beacon reported on Monday that three of the biggest unions in America donated a total of $435,000 to Planned Parenthood during 2014. The three unions were the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). AFSCME and SEIU both represent public sector employees.​ But the ties between Planned Parenthood and some of America’s biggest unions go far beyond donations. Almost all of the 2014 union-donated money was spent...
  • Sweetheart deal? Unions allowed to cut retiree benefits rather than fix underfunded pensions

    12/30/2014 7:16:07 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a heavyweight on the labor scene. It pays its president $350,000 a year. Its holding its next executive board meeting in February at a swanky beachfront resort in Hollywood, Florida. And it just doled out nearly $8 million to influence the last election and lobby Washington. But when it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have...
  • Legal Director of PA Union Disbarred From Practicing Law

    06/06/2014 9:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | June 04, 2014 | Sarah Leitner
    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local's current legal director was disbarred from the practice of law over 20 years ago. Edward C. Chew III is the Executive Assistant to the President and Legal Director of UFCW 1776. Chew is also the Chairman of the UFCW Local 1776 Legal Trust Fund. The Supreme Court of New Jersey disbarred Chew from the practice of law for the knowing misappropriation of client funds in 1992. According to the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Review Boards website, Chew remains ineligible to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania. Chew was admitted as a member of...
  • Why Did This Union Oppose Higher Pay for Its Members?

    05/19/2014 12:58:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    Few workers would turn down a raise. Union members, however, can have raises turned down on their behalf. Employees of a Pennsylvania grocery store learned this the hard way. Managers at the Giant Eagle grocery in Edinboro, Pa., wanted to reward hard work. So they boosted the wages of two dozen high-performing employees above their union rates. But United Food and Commercial Workers Local 23 was not pleased. The union argued the pay increases violated their contract, took Giant Eagle to court and forced it to rescind the raises. Why did Local 23 oppose higher pay for its members? Because...
  • UFCW Local 1500: Strike Signs Prepped for Stop & Shop

    12/12/2013 8:10:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Last night members from Stop & Shop, King Kullen, Pathmark, Fairway, D'Agostino, Key Food and Shop Rite came together to support Stop & Shop workers. Together as a union we made over 1,000 picket signs in preparation for a potential strike at Stop & Shop (Thank you to all who came and for your support!). Right now our union is still negotiating with the company. A Trustee meeting scheduled for all day tomorrow to discuss Pension & Welfare. However, we are continuing to prepare for a strike. Tomorrow you will receive more information in your store. Today our Stop &...
  • NLRB Decides to Prosecute Nationwide Violations at Walmart, AFL-CIO Commits to Backing Workers

    11/18/2013 3:40:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 47 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 11/18/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    Making Change at Walmart, a coalitionof Walmart associates, small business owners, religious leaders and other members of the community that are fighting to make change at the nation's largest employer, announced today the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will prosecute Walmart for its "widespread violations of its workers rights." The decision will provide additional protection for Walmarts 1.3 million employees when they are speaking out for better jobs and working conditions.The coalition was advised Monday that the NLRB s General Counsel is prepared to prosecute a complaint against Walmart for illegal firings and disciplinary actions involving more than 117 workers,...
  • Food Workers' Union Authorizes a Strike of Stop & Shop Grocery Stores in the NYC Metro Area

    11/01/2013 2:56:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    f you haven't done your grocery shopping yet, now might be the time to stock up. On Monday at roughly 7:30 p.m., workers of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 authorized a strike of Stop & Shop supermarket, which employs 5,500 workers represented by the union. The strike would shut down stores on Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Putnam, and Duchess counties. ... At issue is the negotiation over what health benefits will look like with the arrival of the Affordable Care Act, legislation that was sold to some lawmakers as making it easier for some...
  • It's Fact, Not Anecdote, That ObamaCare Is Turning Us Into A Part-Time Nation

    08/28/2013 6:38:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 27, 2013 | Grace-Marie Turner, Contributor
    The Obama administration continues to discount the huge impact its health overhaul law is having in turning America into a part-time nation, calling reports anecdotal and not based on complete data. To paraphrase Groucho Marx: Who are you going to believe? Me, or your own eyes? An avalanche of anecdotes continues to pile up as workers across the country are having their hours cut and their health benefits slashed across a broad range of industries. Loren Goodridge, the owner of 21 Subway franchises, says he has no choice but to cut the hours of his employees to 29 a week...
  • NH scrambles to assist more than 1K supermarket workers after Stop & Shop, Shaws close 6 stores ea

    08/07/2013 3:48:33 PM PDT · by matt04 · 70 replies
    New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has directed the state's Rapid Response Team to provide assistance to over 1,1100 workers losing their jobs with the closing of six Stop & Shop supermarket stores and six Shaw's stores last week. The team, led by the Department of Resources and Economic Development, coordinates with companies and will hold in-person sessions to connect affected workers with services and job opportunities. "New Hampshire is an all-hands-on-deck state, we pull together and pitch in to help those in need, and I will work to ensure that state government does its part," Hassan said in a statement...
  • Labor Unions Turn on Obamacare

    07/19/2013 2:08:57 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 9 replies
    USBC News ^ | 13,07,19 | USBC News Wire
    Despite traditionally being one of the biggest supporters of the Obama administration, labor unions are beginning to question the regulatory overhaul of the healthcare industry, as detrimental implications and effects of the law are becoming more clear... Several unions have become vocal about their dissatisfaction over Obamacare, including reported dissatisfaction coming from the International Union of North America, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and others...
  • Labor Unions in Panic over Obamacare

    07/17/2013 4:09:57 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Union bosses are not happy about Obamacare. Last week, the leaders of three major U.S. unions, including James P. Hoffa of the Teamsters, sent a scathing open letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leaders in Congress. They warn that if the law does not change, Obamacare will "destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans." Clearly they feel betrayed. Here is the first paragraph of their letter: "When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans...
  • Unions: Obamacare will shatter our hard-earned health benefits and destroy the 40 hour work week

    07/16/2013 2:20:16 AM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 16, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Unions that helped pass Obamacare now say it will “shatter our hard-earned health benefits” and “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week” Three unions that supported the passage of Obamacare in 2010 (Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE) have just sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which is very heavily critical of Obamacare. Among other things, the letter states:The ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.The law creates an incentive for employers...
  • Unions, Obamacare, and the Goal of Single Payer

    07/21/2013 6:40:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    Townhall.Com ^ | July 21, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Im not buying it. The big news that came out last week about the labor unions unhappy with Obamacarejust doesnt strike true. On July 12, James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the Food and Commercial Workers, and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE wrote a harsh letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The letter stated that unless Mr. Obama enacts an equitable fix, the Affordable Care Act will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week. Ok, lets just back up a minute. Arent...
  • Union leaders: ObamaCare will destroy the very health and wellbeing of Americas working class

    07/15/2013 9:33:04 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 35 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Bear in mind that Big Labor went to bat for ObamaCare in a big way throughout the months-long debate over its passage. When Tea Party activists demonstrated to raise opposition to the legislation, unions like the Teamsters counterprotested, sometimes violently, in an attempt to intimidate conservatives into acquiescence. Unions spent big money in the 2010 election hoping to protect Democrats from the consequences of their votes on ObamaCare, arguing that the bill would help the working class by sticking it to insurers and fat cats. Now that the law is about to be implemented, though, it suddenly looks awful to...
  • Teamsters et al.: Obamacare Will Destroy the Very Health And Wellbeing of Our Members

    07/16/2013 8:56:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 15, 2013 | Avik Roy
    Last Thursday, in remarkably blunt language, the heads of three major labor unions James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of UFCW, and Donald D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid denouncing Obamacares impact on employer-sponsored health insurance. Some of the highlights: The ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. This vision [of universal health care] has come back to haunt us. Our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with...
  • Unions: Obamacare Will Shatter Backbone of Middle Class [hypocrisy at its finest]

    07/17/2013 11:31:05 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wallstcheatsheet.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Meghan Foley
    The Affordable Care Act now has a formidable opponent in U.S. labor unions. The unions were a key ally in the laws passage: They spent a large sum of money on the congressional campaigns of Democrats in 2006 and 2008, and union leaders lobbied in favor of health care reform in 2009 and 2010. But with growing worries that the legislation will disrupt the health benefits of its members, Americas largest unions are asking Congress to step in. Save Time Make Money! A new stock idea each week for less than the cost of a trade. CLICK HERE for your...
  • Now They Tell Us Union Leaders Now Say Obamacare Will Destroy Health & Well-Being of US Workers

    07/15/2013 2:33:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    Getaway Pundit ^ | July 15, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Please click here if you are not redirected within a few seconds. Now They Tell Us… Union Leaders Now Say Obamacare Will Destroy ‘Health & Well-Being’ of US Workers Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:09 PM     It wasn’t that long ago that union leaders were rallying for Barack Obama and threatening to take those “sons-a-bitches” (conservatives) out. But that was before the election. Now, leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, sent a letter today to Democrats warning that Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week...
  • Hostess Brands Returns to Snack Cake Market, Will Not Hire the Professional Bakers

    07/13/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 130 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 7/12/2013 | Jackie Tortora
    Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) President David B. Durkee issued the following statement in response to the impending re-entry by Hostess Brands, LLC, into the snack cake market:This coming week, Hostess Brands, LLC, is expected to re-enter the wholesale snack cake market. Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain. Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the companys bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.The BCTGM...
  • UFCW becomes third union to break with AFL-CIO

    07/29/2005 4:32:24 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 15 replies · 525+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/29/05 | Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The 1.4-million-member United Food and Commercial Workers broke away from the AFL-CIO on Friday, the third major union to leave the labor organization this week because of differences over how to address declining membership. The 1.8-million-member Service Workers International Union and the 1.4-million-member International Teamsters Union left the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, at the start of its convention in Chicago on Monday. The leaders of those unions said they favored more aggressive organizing efforts than the AFL-CIO, arguing the parent organization devoted too many resources to political campaigns and lobbying, and that...
  • AFL-CIO Boss's Politicking Now Threatens His Job

    05/06/2005 5:51:13 AM PDT · by bigsoxfan · 3 replies · 320+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 05/06/2005 | Randy Hall
    (CNSNews.com) - While most organizations celebrate anniversaries with great fanfare, the AFL-CIO may mark its 50th birthday in Chicago this July with an internal leadership struggle that threatens the job of the coalition's president, an avowed socialist who spent tens of millions of dollars in union dues in a failed ten-year quest to re-take the U.S. House from Republicans. That leader, John Sweeney, who turned 71 Thursday, also saw George W. Bush beat his favored Democratic candidates in 2000 and 2004. It would mark only the second time in its half-century history that the American Federation of Labor and Congress...
  • Division of Labor

    07/29/2005 3:13:11 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 245+ views
    FPM ^ | July 29, 2005 | Lowell Ponte
    Division of LaborBy Lowell PonteFrontPageMagazine.com | July 29, 2005 The convention was supposed to have been a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the umbrella group that overarches most major North American labor unions.But on the eve of this weeks AFL-CIO convention in Chicago, long-building pressures began to tear the labor organization to shreds. Two unions of the newly-formed dissident group of seven unions called the Change To Win Coalition announced that they were leaving the AFL-CIO. One was the leftwing Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union in the...
  • The Creepy Left's Civil War And Our Big Opportunity

    05/20/2012 7:33:50 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 17 replies
    The Voices In My Head That Keep Shouting | 5/20/12 | Alan Levy
    For the last couple of months, many of the pointy-headed talking heads who inhabit The Fox Neocon Channel (FNC), PMSNBC, and the Communist Newspeak Network (CNN) have been babbling about the in-fighting on the Right. Many have wondered if the GOP Establishment's Golden Boy Mitt Romney has been damaged by the lukewarm rececption of him by the GOP's Conservative base. (As of this writing, it is unknown if the Bellvue staff has allowed Tokyo Rove to have shoe laces yet.) Night after night, we've had nothing but on air hand-wringing from the likes of Ann Coulter and the rest of...
  • Fat Cat Union Salaries Exposed!

    03/03/2011 10:58:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/11 | The Center for Public Integrity's John C. Henry Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2011/
    These are the 10 largest unions, noting the number of employees who earn more than $200,000, leadership salaries and campaign contributions to federal candidates in 2009-2010. Union: National Education Association Membership: 3.2 million Assets: $216 million The NEA, representing most of the nations teachers, has 31 headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000. The president, Dennis Van Roekel, received $397,721 in salary and benefits. Of the $3.7 million NEA spent on political activities in the last election cycle, 98 percent went to Democratic candidates. The NEA has 98,000 members in Wisconsin. Before taking the helm in 2008, Van Roekel...
  • The Insiders: Obamacare is falling apart (Washington Post editorial)

    07/21/2013 5:34:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2013 | Ed Rogers
    As the reality of Obamacare emerges, a disastrous calamity imposed on the American people, even the most compliant members of the Obama fan club are beginning to panic. Three union presidents have sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a scathing letter decrying Obamacare, showing just how out-of-control this law has become. This astonishing reversal has been underreported so far, except by the ever-vigilant Tom Gara in the Wall Street Journal. The fact is that the crater of Obamacare is getting deeper, with sharper edges. The unions are first-tier political allies of President Obama and...
  • UFCW Statement on Voting Rights Act Decision

    06/27/2013 11:05:55 AM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Yesterday the UFCW released the following statement in response to the Supreme Courts decision striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Over the past two years, 34 states have implemented or introduced laws designed to disenfranchise American voters. Yet the Supreme Court today made the incomprehensible decision to gut the Voting Rights Act. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy and we should be making access to the ballot easier, not harder. Congress must remedy this disastrous decision by swiftly passing legislation to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act.
  • Labor unions break ranks with White House on ObamaCare

    05/21/2013 6:46:59 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/13 05:00 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the presidents reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) a 1.3 million-member labor group that twice endorsed Obama for president is very worried about how the reform law will affect its members healthcare plans. Last month, the president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers released a statement calling for repeal or...
  • Walmart stands firm against the opening post election attacks by Obamas Union thugs

    11/25/2012 2:33:46 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | Nov 25, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Immediately after Barack Obamas reelection his union masters beat their chests and growled their demand for Card Check the decidedly anti-American dream of Big labor to use physical intimidation to force all of America to be unionized. Under this demented scheme union goons would be allowed to threaten and intimidate workers to scare them into voting to unionize thereby allowing union bosses to steal a portion of their paychecks each week in return for keeping their jobs. Democrats love this because as the crooks and lowlifes they are they look forward to union kickbacks of this extorted money which they...
  • Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States

    11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 126 replies
    Its on. A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the countrys first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun. ... Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmarts role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the countrys most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described todays actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle...
  • Walmart Files Charges Against UFCW Union

    11/18/2012 11:42:16 AM PST · by ColdOne · 93 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/18/12 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge against UFCW with the National Labor Relations Board to stop what Walmart says are illegal disturbances against its businesses. A group of Walmart employes, encouraged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart, are expected to strike on Black Friday. Black Friday is the stores busiest day of the year, and this may be the largest strike against the company in its history. Two groups affiliated with the UFCW -- OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart -- have been organizing demonstrations and flash mobs outside...
  • Wal-Mart files U.S. labor charge against union

    11/16/2012 1:20:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2012 | By Jessica Wohl
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions. Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business. The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday,...
  • Working America (Fall 2012 issue of UFCW propaganda magazine)

    10/23/2012 5:43:15 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    For some reason I still get the "Working America" UFCW Propaganda magazine from my time working at a Unionized store. Predictably they fill 15 pages basing Romeny and WalMart, voter ID and praise Obama. I haven't had time to try to find the few truthful facts they might have published. Here is a example:Here is the full album: http://imgur.com/a/5pBTH
  • Tentative Deal Reached In Grocery Strike Negotiations

    09/19/2011 12:39:27 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 8 replies
    10News ^ | 12:23 pm PDT September 19, 2011 | 10News
    A tentative deal has been struck in the negotiations between representatives from three supermarket chains and the union representing 62,000 Southland grocery store workers, the president of the workers union confirmed. ... Details of the agreement have not yet been made public. Any tentative agreement struck at the negotiation table will still have to be voted on by union members before it is approved. The agreement will be presented to union members for ratification later this week. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons issued the following joint statement: "We are pleased to have reached a tentative settlement agreement with the union that...
  • California grocer labor talks ongoing, deadline passes (Strike averted so far)

    09/18/2011 11:51:36 PM PDT · by bd476 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 18, 2011 10:49pm PDT
    California grocer labor talks ongoing, deadline passes Sunday September 18, 2011 10:49pm PDT (Reuters) - Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons remained in talks with the union representing 62,000 Southern California supermarket workers as the deadline for canceling their labor contract passed on Sunday evening. The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Thursday issued a required 72-hour notice of its plan to cancel its extended contract, a move that opened the door for workers to strike if an acceptable deal could not be reached. "Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons are still at the table with the union. Progress is being made,...
  • No Breakthroughs In Grocery Union Negotiations (SoCA, 7:10pm deadline)

    09/18/2011 6:14:11 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 40 replies · 1+ views
    KFI News ^ | Sunday, September 18, 2011 | Rob Archer
    No breakthroughs were reported as round-the-clock negotiations approached a 7:10 p.m. strike deadline set by the union representing 62,000 grocery store clerks in Southern California. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons officials continued to meet with the workers' representatives at an undisclosed location, while union stewards spent the day passing out picket signs. No grocery chain official would comment, but a union spokesman said no progress had been made today. Clerks at a pair of Ralphs and Vons supermarkets in Santa Monica today said both chains had not reduced their deliveries of fresh baked goods, produce, milk and meat to the stores....
  • Why go through with a grocery strike in this economy?

    09/18/2011 9:38:52 AM PDT · by South40 · 47 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 9/17/2011 | TANYA MANNES
    Talks continued Saturday but employees could walk off job Sunday night Mike Knapp wasnt sympathetic when he heard the news that grocery workers in Southern California might walk off the job in coming days. Go ahead and strike, lots of people need a job, he wrote Friday in comments on SignOnSanDiego.com. I will see all of you as I cross the picket line. Hes among many people who are criticizing the United Food and Commercial Workers for considering a strike on Albertsons, Vons and Ralphs at a time when county unemployment is at 10.2 percent, a record number of people...
  • SoCal Grocery Workers Cancel Contract

    09/16/2011 8:39:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    Charging that management is stonewalling, union grocery workers in Southern California have issued a 72-hour notice cancelling their contract extension, paving the way for a strike. Eight months of negotiations between seven United Food and Commercial Workers locals representing 62,000 workers and management of supermarket chains owned by Kroger, Safeway and Supervalu have been hampered by disagreements over health care contributions. The union has charged that managements proposal would bankrupt health plans and eliminate entirely health care access for employees. ... We returned to the bargaining table ready to compromise and make a deal that keeps our employers profitable but...
  • 72-hour warning for grocery strike issued

    09/16/2011 7:50:27 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    CNS ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 11:07 PM PDT
    The union representing Southland grocery workers issued a 72-hour notice Thursday night canceling the grocery contract extension, paving the way for a strike. "We returned to the bargaining table ready to compromise and make a deal that keeps our employers profitable but protects the jobs of our members," said a statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. "Instead, we got more of the same stonewalling from management. They are unwilling to compromise and are more concerned about hoarding their billions in profits than reaching a fair deal for their employees. We...
  • Unions Smack Obama On Debt Talks, Walmart

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's rocky relationship with unions took a few more lumps Wednesday as labor groups pounded both a deficit-cutting proposal he embraced as well as the White House's praise of Walmart. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka started by hammering the Gang of Six proposal released Tuesday that would cut the deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, in part by limiting popular middle class deductions for home mortgages, health insurance and retirement savings -- a plan Obama hailed Tuesday. "Both parties keep telling us that deficit reduction requires 'tough choices' and 'shared sacrifice' and 'taking on sacred cows,'" Trumka...
  • Major grocer getting rid of self-checkout lanes

    07/08/2011 7:23:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 98 replies
    <p>One of the nation's major grocery store chains is eliminating self-checkout lanes in an effort to encourage more human contact with its customers.</p> <p>Albertsons LLC, which operates 217 stores in seven Western and Southern states, will eliminate all self-checkout lanes in the 100 stores that have them and will replace them with standard or express lanes, according to published reports.</p>
  • Retailer plays on workers' fears of losing jobs to flush union bid

    06/27/2011 12:14:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 27, 2011 | Jim Spencer
    From the moment the election was set to determine whether a Target Corp. store would be unionized for the first time, the company got very tough, very fast. The retail giant hired Jackson Lewis, one of the country's fiercest "union avoidance" law firms, to help keep Target's 1,755-store chain union-free. Using blunt language on the motives and effectiveness of the organizing union, the company seized on the uncertainty about pay and hours -- the very issues that sparked the union effort -- to raise doubts in workers' minds. You may be unhappy with working conditions, Target told employees at its...
  • C-Town Supermarket Demonstration June 22nd in New Britain, CT

    06/20/2011 1:40:56 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    On June 22, 2011, Local 371 will continue our new local organizing offensive. Every Wednesday we will be conducting demonstrations targeting the workers at non-union sites within the jurisdiction of Local 371...Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and Vermont. As an example of this outreach, non union locations will be visited by 371 staff and members. Every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm we will have a union presence at a single location. This planned offensive will include other non-union locations, not only Big Y. This week we will be at: Week #12: Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 10:00am- 2:00pm, C-Town Supermarket, 47 Main Street,...
  • Target workers at New York store reject union

    06/18/2011 6:22:46 AM PDT · by upchuck · 30 replies
    Roooooters/Yahoo ^ | circa June 17, 2011
    Workers at a Target Corp discount store in New York voted to reject union representation in a closely watched battle over unionization in the retail sector. Workers at the Valley Stream, New York, store voted against union affiliation by a count of 137 to 85, Target said in a statement released Saturday. The vote was taken on Friday. A union representative could not be reached for comment early Saturday. Target employs thousands of workers at 27 stores in the New York City area. None of the Minneapolis-based company's 1,755 or so U.S. stores have union-represented employees. Employees at the suburban...
  • Its Not a Boycott or a Strike; Its Commitment

    06/11/2011 11:01:10 AM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    With a very light spring snow falling and winds making it feel like it was still January, about two dozen Local Union 371 members flanked the two entrances of Branhaven Plaza where Big Y is located to picket and pass out information. As shoppers of the plaza pulled in and out, members distributed pamphlets and gave an occasional wave to supporters who signaled their union approval with a car horn beep. Some even stopped and rolled down their windows to comment to the union members about how many people had lost their jobs when Big Y bought out the A&P...
  • Marxists Meet, Part I: (Union) UFCW Rep. Calls for Seizing Private Property & World Socialism

    11/29/2010 7:43:56 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/27/2010
    n this video, you will see Sharon Black, from Baltimore. She is a leader of the Baltimore All Peoples Congress, as well as a representative of the United Food & Commercial Workers. During her nearly eight minute speech, you will hear a lot, as she advocates: 1. The occupation of factories and workplaces [at 0:25] 2. A challenge to capitalist property relations [at 0:40] 3. The formation of Peoples Assemblies that can become parallel organizations to the bankrupt capitalist governmental structures as they have begun in the Bronx, NY and in Baltimore [at 1:20] 4. A nationwide strike and march...
  • Labor Chaos (Break In,Union Docs Stolen,UNITE HERE Raynor Resigns, SEIU Stern Investigated)

    05/29/2009 3:37:52 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 16 replies · 1,368+ views
    Chief Organizer.Org ^ | May 29th, 2009 | Wade Rathke
    New Orleans Sensitive, internal memos and financial information are leaking like a sieve exposing vulnerabilities in some of our storied unions. This hurts workers and all of us. In labor we need some real leadership and something like a Geneva convention or UNITE, HERE, and SEIU mnage de trios is now breaking out. In the bitter court battle and divorce struggle within UNITE HERE as they try to unwind the merger of their organizations several years ago and reassemble various pieces into a new formation or in the former UNITE case to affiliate with SEIU, like the worst of Hollywood...
  • Union Operative Infiltrates Grocery Store to Organize

    09/24/2008 7:23:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 175+ views
    publiusforum.com ^ | 09/24/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    It's like some sort of spy novel gone bad where the Soviet Agents are somehow the good guys. A grocery store worker and union member that makes over $20 an hour "quits" his job and starts a job in another grocery store making only $10 an hour just so he can cajole his new workplace into joining the union from the inside, pretending to be one of them. In fact, the union "supplements" this activist's pay while he invades the other store to agitate for unions there. At issue is the organizing of the Fresh & Easy grocery chain in...
  • Chicago Ald. Moore: Putting the unions' money where his mouth is

    08/20/2006 9:16:11 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 4 replies · 662+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | August 15, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    Craig over at Morse Hell Hole came across Alderman Joe Moore's campaign disclosure statement for the first six months of 2006. The North Side Chicago alderman is the principal sponsor of the "big box living wage" ordinance, an anti-jobs (although Moore denies that) measure that focuses only on Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, and other major retailers. Moore is a recent recipient of Wal-Mart Watch's (a Service Employee International Union funded group) person of the week award.The supporters of the ordinance will also deny it, but it's Wal-Mart that they have in their sight: They don't like Wal-Mart's philosophy, and they're angry...
  • Carpenters join unions challenging AFL-CIO

    06/27/2005 9:40:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 697+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/27/05 | Will Lester - AP
    WASHINGTON - The main national carpenter's union is joining a coalition of some of the nation's largest unions challenging the AFL-CIO's approach to leading the labor movement. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America broke away from the labor federation in 2001, saying it was shifting more of its resources to organizing and was impatient for the AFL-CIO to do the same. "The Carpenters' Union is proud to join with the most dynamic unions in the country," President Doug McCarron said in a release obtained by The Associated Press. A formal announcement was planned for Monday. The carpenters...
  • CalPERS president should be replaced

    12/01/2004 8:55:23 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 270+ views
    OC Register ^ | 12/1/04 | Op/Ed
    Published reports on Tuesday suggest that the California Personnel Board may remove President Sean Harrigan from the board of CalPERS when his term expires next year. Mr. Harrigan blames efforts by the governor's office and top corporate players. If removed, however, Mr. Harrigan will have no one to blame but himself. Mr. Harrigan is an international vice president and executive director with the Food and Commercial Workers International, and has used his position at the helm of America's largest public pension fund to promote a far-left political agenda rather than to mainly assure the health of the fund's sizable investments....
  • City Council votes to allow first Wal-Mart in Chicago

    05/26/2004 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 4 replies · 217+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | May 26, 2004 | HERBERT G. McCANN
    CHICAGO (AP) After months of delay and intense lobbying by opponents and supporters, the City Council on Wednesday approved a zoning change that will let Wal-Mart Stores Inc. build its first store in Chicago. In a raucous debate, interrupted by heckling and cheers from the audience, the council voted 32-15 to allow Wal-Mart to construct a 150,000-square-foot store in a poor, largely black and Hispanic neighborhood on the city's West Side. The council turned aside a second zoning change, however, for a larger development in a racially diverse, largely middle-class South Side neighborhood that would include a Lowes home improvement...