Archive for December, 2018

UFCW Boss Defeated, But Staying Around?

Longtime San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian was defeated Friday in his bid for re-election, losing his local power base, according to results announced Saturday.

“I’m happy. What a good day this is,” Bruce “Todd” Walters said after winning the presidency of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. …

Kasparian, a 60-year-old La Mesa resident, has been president since 2003. He assumed a role as local Democratic Party kingmaker and financial resource to candidates and causes. He also was a vice president of the international UFCW. He made at least $215,000….

Walters and his slate accused Kasparian of using union dues to pay off a series of female accusers in lawsuit settlements. Four women said Kasparian had sexually harassed them or were targets of wrongful termination or gender discrimination….

Walters said Kasparian’s local term ends Dec. 31, but he might be able to land a role with the international UFCW, noting a job vacancy on the Western States Council, where Kasparian is board president.

The council is the regional coordinating body of 11 UFCW local unions representing over 200,000 workers in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
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Longtime San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian was defeated Friday in his bid for re-election, losing his local power base, according to results announced Saturday. “I’m happy. What a good day this is,” Bruce “Todd” Walters said after winning the presidency of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. … Kasparian, a 60-year-old La Mesa resident, has […]






Accused Sexual Harasser Finally Ousted

Friday, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 overwhelmingly elected Todd Walters their new president, ending the tenure of longtime president Mickey Kasparian…

Walters and his entire slate of candidates beat Kasparian by a 2-1 margin in the election among the approximately 12,000 members of UFCW 135. Walters won 2,297 votes to Kasparian’s 1,170. The union represents supermarket employees along with some casino and pharmacy workers…

Kasparian was once the most prominent labor leader in the region as president of both the UFCW local and the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, the coalition of most major local unions. But then several former employees stepped forward with accusations of sexual assault and discrimination. The first of those accusations was made exactly two years ago. He and the union settled the lawsuits but Walters made the accusations and settlements a major issue when he launched his campaign to unseat Kasparian.

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Friday, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 overwhelmingly elected Todd Walters their new president, ending the tenure of longtime president Mickey Kasparian… Walters and his entire slate of candidates beat Kasparian by a 2-1 margin in the election among the approximately 12,000 members of UFCW 135. Walters won 2,297 votes to […]