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UFCW Officials “Ignore Us”

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Unhappy union members protested the leadership of their UFCW local.

An estimated 250 members assembled, many carrying signs citing grievances against top officials. Bob May of Marshalltown, who helped organize the event and a 13-year union member, alleged union officials “ignore us and do what they want … and they are a little too close to (JBS) management (where many union workers are employed). Overall, many of us are just tired with their administration. There are a lot of dissatisfied people, they want new leadership and someone who will work for them.”

May and other employees also alleged local union officials have blocked the election of reform candidates running for union steward and offices.

Unhappy union members protested the leadership of their UFCW local. An estimated 250 members assembled, many carrying signs citing grievances against top officials. Bob May of Marshalltown, who helped organize the event and a 13-year union member, alleged union officials “ignore us and do what they want … and they are a little too close […]

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Harassing Workers?

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A Boston clothing store is accusing the UFCW of following its workers and cursing at them in an effort to get them to join the union. “Primark said the union has intimidated workers to get them to join, including cursing at them and following them onto the T [Boston’s rapid transit network].”

A Boston clothing store is accusing the UFCW of following its workers and cursing at them in an effort to get them to join the union. “Primark said the union has intimidated workers to get them to join, including cursing at them and following them onto the T [Boston’s rapid transit network].”

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Losing Steam  

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The UFCW failed to mount serious nationwide protests of Walmart on Black Friday as it has done in years past.

Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer’s wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn’t work at the stores were hard to find.

An estimated 50 people showed up at a store in East Green Brush, N.Y…

A group of about two dozen people delivered a petition to a Walmart store in downtown D.C. calling for higher wages, judging from photos of the event. According to a company spokesman, “one or two” store employees took part in the protest, although nobody at that location was involved. The event was over well before noon.

Reports of other protests were hard to find on newswires, and visits to other Washington-area stores showed no protest activity of any kind.

One of the main anti-Walmart groups, Making Change at Walmart, didn’t mount any protests…

In previous years, Walmart protesters were able to at least mount a few events in a few cities to make the argument that there was a movement underway even if Walmart workers were scarce at those events, too.

The UFCW failed to mount serious nationwide protests of Walmart on Black Friday as it has done in years past. Walmart workers were scarce at the much-hyped Black Friday protests against the retailer’s wages and employment policies. Even protesters who didn’t work at the stores were hard to find. An estimated 50 people showed up […]

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Hypocrisy

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Although the UFCW likes to complain about alleged mistreatment of its members by their employers, the union is, once again, being accused of ripping its own employees off by not paying them for working overtime.

Colorado’s largest labor union is accused of failing to pay overtime wages owed to its own employees, and it isn’t the first time.

Maung Maung and Gustavo Ayon Navarro filed a lawsuit against their former employer, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 7, on Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit claims that the union violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Act by knowingly and willingly withholding overtime wages owed to representatives.

The UFCW Local 7 was sued over similar complaints back in 2005, which alleged its representatives were required to work as many as 70 hours a week without overtime pay. In that matter, the union claimed the plaintiffs were exempt because they were administrative employees. Of the 25 plaintiffs, 18 settled out, and after the court denied the union’s motion for summary judgment, the union reached a settlement with the remaining seven plaintiffs.

John Crone, of counsel with The Wick Law Office, is representing the former employees in the new lawsuit and said he expects other claimants to join the two named plaintiffs. As far as his firm currently knows, nothing has changed since the 2005 settlements regarding the representatives’ job duties and the direction they receive from the union’s management, which would help determine exemption status.

Although the UFCW likes to complain about alleged mistreatment of its members by their employers, the union is, once again, being accused of ripping its own employees off by not paying them for working overtime. Colorado’s largest labor union is accused of failing to pay overtime wages owed to its own employees, and it isn’t […]

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On Vacation

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As UFCW members face possible unemployment, their union is unavailable.

Workers at one store in Southern California that is expected to close spoke to our reporters about Haggen and the role of the UFCW…

When asked about what the UFCW has done, Danny stated: “They haven’t done anything. They came in here a month ago to file some grievances but they have not followed through with any of our grievances. When we call the office, they tell us that they are on vacation.”

At another location, a worker commented on the absence of the union, “We’re not one of the stores that is closing, but they [UFCW] never showed up to the store.”

As UFCW members face possible unemployment, their union is unavailable. Workers at one store in Southern California that is expected to close spoke to our reporters about Haggen and the role of the UFCW… When asked about what the UFCW has done, Danny stated: “They haven’t done anything. They came in here a month ago […]

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What are they afraid of?

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The UFCW has spent $300,000 of its members’ money opposing Missouri legislation which would allow employees to choose whether they belong to a union or not. Perhaps if UFCW brought more value to its members, it wouldn’t be so concerned about people choosing not to pay union dues.

The UFCW has spent $300,000 of its members’ money opposing Missouri legislation which would allow employees to choose whether they belong to a union or not. Perhaps if UFCW brought more value to its members, it wouldn’t be so concerned about people choosing not to pay union dues.

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Clueless

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A&P, which is going out of business, is having difficulty selling many of its stores. So what does the UFCW do? It quibbles with a potential buyer of 17 A&P stores. The union is upset because the potential buyer wants to reduce the number of full-time employees at the stores it purchases from A&P. Apparently, the thought never occurred to the union that, to be sustainable, the stores might need to change their practices away from those of A&P’s, a company which has gone bankrupt twice in the last decade.

New York locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union were scheduled to meet today with officials of Key Food Stores for “the first time in a while” to talk about the A&P units the retailer intends to buy, a union spokesman told SN.

He said the union has had “a bunch of difficulty” with Key Food in the past because of the retailer’s desire to cut back the number of full-time jobs in favor of more part-timers at the 17 stores it said it intends to buy.

“We want to have Key Food as buyers for the stores,” the union said in a blog entry. “However, their demands are unacceptable.”

A&P, which is going out of business, is having difficulty selling many of its stores. So what does the UFCW do? It quibbles with a potential buyer of 17 A&P stores. The union is upset because the potential buyer wants to reduce the number of full-time employees at the stores it purchases from A&P. Apparently, […]

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UFCW Officials “Ignore Us” By admin On Dec 16, 2015 News Comments Off on UFCW Officials “Ignore Us” Unhappy union members protested the leadership of their UFCW local. An estimated 250 members assembled, many carrying signs citing grievances against top officials. Bob May of Marshalltown, who helped organize the event and a 13-year union member, […]