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Supporting Crony Capitalism

channel 12 wkrc tvThe UFCW supports a constitutional amendment in Ohio which would create a marijuana near-monopoly for a small number of investors.

Backers of legalized marijuana in Ohio say unionization of the pot farms was OK with them.

It probably would not be called “Pot Growers Union, Local 1” but if Ohio voters said yes to legalizing weed, those who control the seed said they will not oppose unions. Monday’s announcement July 6, was another part of the campaign for a “yes” vote on a proposed constitutional amendment in November. Backers said legal marijuana could mean lots of good-paying jobs. But those backers would also make big bucks themselves.

The union involved in Monday’s announcement was the United Food and Commercial Workers union. UFCW could also stand for (not officially of course) the United Food and Cannabis union if voters approve “Responsible Ohio’s” amendment. The union endorses the measure but some very well-to-do individuals are behind it…

Woody Taft is one of the “Responsible Ohio” investors bankrolling the petition drive to get legalized marijuana on the ballot. If the measure passes, Taft and his fellow investors will be the only ones in Ohio who could legally have pot farms.

The constitutional amendment limits Ohio to 10 marijuana farms, all controlled by the people financing the ballot initiative. The Butler County farm would be owned by business people Dudley Taft, Woody Taft, singer Nick Lachey and three others; Clermont County media mogul Frank Wood and one other; Hamilton County, businessman William Foster, former Bengal Frostee Rucker and basketball legend Oscar Robertson.

 

 

The UFCW supports a constitutional amendment in Ohio which would create a marijuana near-monopoly for a small number of investors. Backers of legalized marijuana in Ohio say unionization of the pot farms was OK with them. It probably would not be called “Pot Growers Union, Local 1” but if Ohio voters said yes to legalizing […]






A Sleazy Union Thug

sf weeklyThe UFCW promoted a guy to head their marijuana industry unionization effort who once shot a police officer in the eye and was forced to leave the Teamsters.

To call Dan Rush a union man is a vast understatement. The Oakland native’s father and grandfather were Teamsters, his grandmother a union retail clerk. A career in the Teamsters was Rush’s birthright until the 19-year-old with a pro wrestler’s physique participated in the 1978 strike of Safeway truck drivers.

The demonstrations were already vicious before a tractor-trailer truck driven by management struck and killed a 24-year old union driver while crossing a picket line. An off-duty, out-of-town cop was riding shotgun for security. It got worse when Rush fired a .40-caliber slug from a wrist rocket at a car that carried more out-of-town cops. The slug put out one cop’s eye. Rush pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and spent three years behind bars. On his release, a condition of his probation was that he could not be a Teamster.

Instead, Rush took a job organizing for the meat-cutters union, a career path that led to UFCW. He had enough success to rise to a position called “statewide special operations director,” in charge of identifying potential new members and signing them up…

Rush retells this story while sitting in a cramped office at the back of his house on a recent sultry June afternoon, feeds from multiple security cameras on a monitor in front him. He’s surrounded by Superman kitsch, honorary proclamations from politicians, and memorabilia — including thank-you certificates — from a certain notorious motorcycle club with strong Oakland roots. “That chair you’re sitting in — that’s Sonny Barger’s chair,” he tells me, referring to one of the more notorious founding members of the Hell’s Angels’ Oakland chapter…

The union… created a “national medical cannabis and hemp division,” of which Rush was made director.

The UFCW promoted a guy to head their marijuana industry unionization effort who once shot a police officer in the eye and was forced to leave the Teamsters. To call Dan Rush a union man is a vast understatement. The Oakland native’s father and grandfather were Teamsters, his grandmother a union retail clerk. A career in […]






Anti-Choice

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The UFCW has been lobbying to ensure that marijuana industry workers have no choice but to join a union.

When dispensaries in New York open their doors later this year, cannabis patients won’t have to look out for the union label — every worker at every shop will be union, thanks to a rule written into state law at the union’s bequest. In California, union lobbyists are pushing the state Legislature to include similar language in a bill winding its way through Sacramento that would, for the first time, regulate the state’s enormous marijuana marketplace.

By admin On Jul 29, 2015 News Comments Off The UFCW has been lobbying to ensure that marijuana industry workers have no choice but to join a union. When dispensaries in New York open their doors later this year, cannabis patients won’t have to look out for the union label — every worker at every […]






Are UFCW Members OK with This?

washington free beaconThe UFCW supports Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider which is under investigation for selling the body parts of aborted babies.

The UFCW supports Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider which is under investigation for selling the body parts of aborted babies.