Archive for August, 2015

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Whine

law360The UFCW was trounced in a unionization election. Rather than accept that the workers just didn’t see sufficient value in the union to agree to pay union dues, the UFCW whined to the National Labor Relations Board about some modest bonuses given to some employees. Unsurprisingly, Obama’s pro-union NLRB sided with the UFCW and is giving the union a do-over. Considering the fact that the UFCW lost the first election 71%-29%, the union has some serious work to do.

In May 2014, the union held an election in the bargaining unit of custodial staff, floor technicians, glassware technicians and cleaning technicians at the Merck facility. Of all the votes cast, 20 were against the UFCW and eight were in favor.

UFCW cried foul, saying that SBM violated the National Labor Relations Act and “committed significant objectionable conduct” by giving bonuses to nine employees in front of almost all the unit employees six days before the election and giving bonuses to two more employees the following day. The value of the gifts ranged from $75 to $100 per person, according to board filings.

The UFCW was trounced in a unionization election. Rather than accept that the workers just didn’t see sufficient value in the union to agree to pay union dues, the UFCW whined to the National Labor Relations Board about some modest bonuses given to some employees. Unsurprisingly, Obama’s pro-union NLRB sided with the UFCW and is […]






Rejected

vermont public radioAfter a lengthy unionization campaign, employees of a New Hampshire co-op just voted overwhelmingly against joining the UFCW.

Workers at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to unionize.

The proposal to join the Springfield, Mass. local of United Food and Commercial Workers was shut down in a 70-31 vote Monday. Twelve other ballots at the Lebanon store were contested, but were not enough to change the result.

Monday’s vote caps a year of tension between staff and management.

After a lengthy unionization campaign, employees of a New Hampshire co-op just voted overwhelmingly against joining the UFCW. Workers at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store have overwhelmingly rejected a bid to unionize. The proposal to join the Springfield, Mass. local of United Food and Commercial Workers was shut down in a 70-31 vote Monday. Twelve other ballots […]






Supporting Lawlessness

The UFCW wants to shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement.






Change of Heart

sf weeklyA California business owner changed his mind after initially supporting unionization by the UFCW.

“I support the right of workers to organize, but I don’t like the kind of backroom sweetheart deals I’ve seen cooked up between some of the unions and the employers in the cannabis industry,” says Stephen DeAngelo, founder and CEO of Harborside Health Center in Oakland.

At Harborside, workers listened to a union pitch — and voted against joining, DeAngelo tells SF Weekly. “I like even less the idea that a union would try to accomplish legislatively something they couldn’t get workers to directly approve,” he adds. “My CIO-labor-organizer grandfather would be rolling over in his grave at the sight of it.”

A California business owner changed his mind after initially supporting unionization by the UFCW. “I support the right of workers to organize, but I don’t like the kind of backroom sweetheart deals I’ve seen cooked up between some of the unions and the employers in the cannabis industry,” says Stephen DeAngelo, founder and CEO of […]






Meddling in Politics

politico3The UFCW just gave $25,000 to a Democrat challenger of Gov. Mike Pence.

The UFCW just gave $25,000 to a Democrat challenger of Gov. Mike Pence.






Contributing to Bankruptcy

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By working to keep labor costs high, unions have contributed to A&P’s second bankruptcy. (The UFCW represents a large majority of A&P’s workers.)

Among the issues it cited for its bankruptcy filing—industry competition, paying leases on “dark stores,” and problems associated with supplier and service contracts (with unionized companies)—was the cost of its own unionized workforce. As 95% of its workforce is covered by contracts with the United Food & Commercial Workers, as it explains in its filing with the Court, A&P’s liabilities were only going to increase:

In addition to their specific obligations under the GHI  contract, the Debtors are parties to approximately 39 separate collective bargaining agreements (covering approximately 95 percent of the Debtors’ workforce).

Among other things, these agreements require the Debtors to make significant pension, and health care-related contributions on their employees’ behalf.  The Debtors believe these legacy obligations will continue to increase over time. Certain of the Debtors’ multi-employer pension plans have already reached “red” or “yellow” status under existing regulatory requirements, and the Debtors have recorded for a liability $97 million from previous pension fund withdrawals, as of September 11, 2010. The Debtors may have a potential additional withdrawal obligation of up to $50 million payable over a period of up to 25 years in the future. The Debtors believe their collectively-bargained wage, pension, and health care obligations place them at a competitive disadvantage and are unsustainable at existing levels.

‘Bumping’ was also a problem for the company.

Additionally, many of the debtor’s CBAs include “bumping” provisions that require the company to lay off employees by seniority. This clause has an interstore element, which means that if a store is closed, those senior employees can take the job of a more junior worker at another location.

“As a result, the closing of one store results in increased salaries–the same high salaries that may have in part precipitated the store closing–being transferred to another (possibly profitable) store,” the CRO [chief restructuring officer] said.

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Playing Politics

peoples worldThe UFCW has been meddling in local and state politics in Virginia. “The June 9 Democratic primary in Virginia ended in a clean sweep for a new labor and community group’s roster of candidates. The five candidates were backed by a coalition that included several SEIU locals, the UFCW Local 400…”

The UFCW has been meddling in local and state politics in Virginia. “The June 9 Democratic primary in Virginia ended in a clean sweep for a new labor and community group’s roster of candidates. The five candidates were backed by a coalition that included several SEIU locals, the UFCW Local 400…”