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Wage Theft

nrtwfThe UFCW is being taken to federal court for not respecting the rights of several Arizona workers to resign from the union and halt dues collections.

The UFCW is being taken to federal court for not respecting the rights of several Arizona workers to resign from the union and halt dues collections.






Thin-Skinned

metro edmontonThe UFCW wrote a letter to the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party whining about another party official’s criticism of the New Democratic Party’s decision to give the union office space inside  Parliament.

Two more union leaders are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy on labour rights.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias and CLC president Hassan Yussuff have joined the chorus of union leaders who are furious that Liberals have criticized New Democrats for providing parliamentary office space to their staffers’ union local.

They’ve sent letters to Trudeau denouncing the Liberal move, following the lead of three other unions — the United Food and Commercial Workers, United Steelworkers and Canadian Union of Public Employees.

In his letter, Dias says Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc’s denunciation of the practice is “completely unacceptable” and leaves the impression that “workers’ rights can be disregarded in the cause of cheap political theatre.”

Earlier this week, LeBlanc called it “very bizarre” that the NDP are “using taxpayers’ money to fund their union operation out of their leader’s office.” The arrangement “completely blurred the lines” about the proper use of parliamentary resources, he said.

The UFCW wrote a letter to the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party whining about another party official’s criticism of the New Democratic Party’s decision to give the union office space inside  Parliament. Two more union leaders are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy on labour rights. Unifor national president Jerry Dias and CLC […]






Stealing from a Student

nationalrighttoworkThe UFCW has been giving the runaround to a college student and part-time pharmacy employee. The student called the union to find out when he could resign from the union, but the union never responded. He followed up by writing a letter of resignation; the union rejected it because it wasn’t signed. The union finally accepted a second, signed letter, but it refused to stop deducting money from his check, claiming that his resignation was outside of some arbitrary 15-day “window period.” With assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, the student has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

The UFCW has been giving the runaround to a college student and part-time pharmacy employee. The student called the union to find out when he could resign from the union, but the union never responded. He followed up by writing a letter of resignation; the union rejected it because it wasn’t signed. The union finally […]






Rejected

st joseph news-pressUFCW members who work at Triumph Foods are unhappy with their union and overwhelmingly rejected the latest proposed contract. One union member even claimed, “We thought about a petition to vote them out.”

UFCW members who work at Triumph Foods are unhappy with their union and overwhelmingly rejected the latest proposed contract. One union member even claimed, “We thought about a petition to vote them out.”






Meddling

The UFCW is meddling in politics in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and Alberta, Canada.






Greed

the inlanderAs the Washington state legislature considered cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries, many of which were breaking the law and selling recreational pot, UFCW lobbied to keep as many of the dispensaries open as possible. What was the union’s motivation? Public  health? Patients’ convenience? Tax revenues? Nope. Greed. Plain and simple: “The UFCW wants dispensaries to stay open because that would mean more workers it can unionize, says [UFCW organizer Isaac] Curtis.”

As the Washington state legislature considered cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries, many of which were breaking the law and selling recreational pot, UFCW lobbied to keep as many of the dispensaries open as possible. What was the union’s motivation? Public  health? Patients’ convenience? Tax revenues? Nope. Greed. Plain and simple: “The UFCW wants dispensaries […]