UFCW Hypocrisy On Display (Again): Two Unions Fight Over Unionizing UFCW Workers…
One week before the United Food & Commercial Workers and its allies protested retailers on Black Friday, a petition was filed at the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in Baltimore to hold a secret-ballot election. In one of life’s rich ironies, the employer listed on the November 22nd petition was the United Food & Commercial Workers. It seems that one week before the UFCW | Read More »
Why Are Unions Protesting Walmart Again? Is It Because Five Million Americans Applied For 500,000 Union-Free Jobs?
Three days before unions protest at Walmarts across the country, Diana Furchtgott-Roth makes an interesting observation
The odds of getting into one of the top American universities are about 1 in 10. American workers view Walmart in the same way as high school seniors view American colleges: last year 5 million Americans applied to Walmart for 500,000 jobs. These are highly valued positions.
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Obama Cynically Ups The Ante With Newest Nominations To His Illegitimate NLRB
Obama’s NLRB nominations this week are nothing more than a political ploy–aimed at setting up Senate Republicans. As a result, it would be foolish for Republicans to jump on some backroom, deal-making bandwagon.
Obama’s ‘recess’ appointments were found to be unconstitutional. He undermined his own claim that they were constitutional by immediately re-nominating them. Therefore, Republicans should let the Supreme Court decide on the Block and Griffin appointments, since a three-to-two union majority does nothing at all to change the radical nature of the NLRB.
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Union Briefs for Monday, March 4, 2013: Unions in ‘crisis’ edition
Between Barack Obama’s unconstitutionally ‘recess’-appointed National Labor Relations Board and unions talking about their most current crisis, there’s been a lot occurring on the labor front these days. So, just to keep you informed, here’s a compilation of what’s out there.
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In Marx’s Crosshairs: The Left-Wing Nation Targets WalMart, Tries To Tie Retailer To Mass Murders
While The Nation uses WalMart as its anti-gun piñata in both articles—even invoking the Aurora, Colorado theater movie shooting—it does not explicitly claim that any mass murderers actually obtained their guns from WalMart. Rather, The Nation’s writers merely imply that the retailer is responsible for the deaths committed by mass murderers.
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UFCW Bosses Busted For Racketeering, Extortion, Money Laundering & More…
A powerful United Food & Commercial Workers local union (348s) in New York was closed for business on Thursday as police arrested three family members who run the union local. Police arrested the president, former president, and treasurer of Local 348 United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) on Thursday. Anthony Fazio Sr., John Fazio Jr., and Anthony Fazio Jr. were charged with racketeering, | Read More »
BLS September Mass Layoff Report: It’s unpleasant and inconvenient
It’s become something of a legend among unions and the nation’s labor relations community but, for those old enough to remember the mid-90s, when Whole Foods was under constant attack by the United Food & Commercial Workers, John Mackey, Whole Foods’ CEO once shared his opinion of unions with a reporter, as follows: “The union is like having herpes. It doesn’t kill you, but it’s | Read More »
A Primer For Union Members: How Not To Be Burned During A Union Strike
Back in the day, before Darth Vader saw the light at the end of the movie and when strikes were more prevalent than they are today, there was a time when union bosses conditioned their members for the eventuality that negotiations could break down and union members might be on strike—for a long, long time. Now, with the CWA and IBEW’s 45,000 members on strike | Read More »
Union Targets Target and Misses
The United Food & Commercial Workers, following years of failed efforts at unionized mega-retailer Wal-Mart, grocer Whole Foods and seeing some of its unionized employers like A&P file for bankruptcy, had set its sights on a new target: Target. On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board conducted a secret-ballot election in Valley Stream, NY at one of Target’s approximately 1750 U.S. stores. If the union won, | Read More »
Nation’s First Unionized Pot Farm Goes Bust, Oakland Loses Bid to Be Cannabis Capital
Last year, prior to the defeat of California’s Proposition 19, it appeared as though unions had a budding new industry in which they could grow their memberships. First, the United Food & Commercial Workers jumped onto the cannabis bandwagon. Then, the Teamsters waded into the weed growing business when Jimmy Hoffa’s union unionized 40 pot growers in Oakland, California. Pretty soon, all of the unions (it | Read More »
Teamsters steamroller United Food & Commercial Workers.
Union solidarity is a myth. David Freddoso has the details: essentially, the Teamsters and the UFCW are at cross-purposes when it comes to the Giant supermarket chain here in DC. The Teamsters are angry at Giant because Giant parent company Royal Ahold is closing a Teamsters-controlled facility in Jessup, Maryland, in favor of a non-union one in Pennsylvania*. This will be happening, and the real | Read More »
Marxists Meet, Part I: UFCW Rep. Calls for Seizing Private Property & World Socialism
Most people realize that the electoral victories on November 2nd were but a brief respite in the battle for America. What many do not know, however, it that a mere eleven days after the GOP swept the House of Representatives, the Workers World Party held its annual conference on November 13th and 14th in New York City to discuss the fight for worldwide socialism and | Read More »
They Did It Again! When Unions End Up Representing Replacement Workers
In February 1995, having the occasion to visit a picket line in Virginia where union members had been on strike for 11 months, was an enlightening experience. Having only left the union movement a few years earlier, it was that strike in Virginia where my belief that today’s unions are but a facade—union in name only—was confirmed. In that small Virginia town, union members had gone | Read More »
ObamaCare: The Chickens Come Home to Roost…
By now, most Americans know how hard union bosses pushed, tugged, bullied and threatened, using tens of millions of their members’ money on advertising and lobbying, all to get health care reform passed. Most Americans also remember (though many did not believe) the promises that health care reform would make health care “affordable for all.” And no one can forget how the legislation was sold to Americans: | Read More »
Democrats Are Funding Their Campaigns With Money Taken From Foreign Nationals
Do you remember the game of Whack-A-Mole? You know, the game you play on the boardwalk or at the county fair where, for a couple of bucks, you can win a stuffed toy for ‘whacking’ these stupid cartoonish-looking moles on the head with a mallet when they pop up? Well, this one is almost too easy. Last week, when the White House and DNC launched | Read More »