Harming their Company

UFCW members asked their community to boycott their stores because the negotiation process was taking longer than they liked.

A strike by local grocery workers could be on the horizon, but for now, those workers don’t want you stepping foot in their San Diego-area stores.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 are boycotting area stores. Picketing began outside at least five stores this week…

A UFCW Local 135 spokeswoman said 14,000 union members could go on strike in roughly two weeks…

Regarding the UFCW Local 135’s contract demands, [Albertson’s Carlos] Illingworth said: “We’re dealing with complex issues, such as wages, pensions and healthcare. We’re bargaining in good faith and giving negotiations the time and thought that they deserve. We are working hard to find a settlement that is fair to our employees, good for our customers and allows our company to remain competitive.”

UFCW members asked their community to boycott their stores because the negotiation process was taking longer than they liked. A strike by local grocery workers could be on the horizon, but for now, those workers don’t want you stepping foot in their San Diego-area stores. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 are boycotting […]






UFCW Loses Again

An appeals court in California recently affirmed a trial court’s permanent injunction prohibiting the UFCW from trespassing in Walmart stores. In 2012 and 2013, the union had been harassing Walmart by staging demonstrations both inside and outside the company’s stores in California. Interestingly, the union admitted that its actions violated federal law. The union will now have to pay the legal costs Walmart incurred on the appeal.

An appeals court in California recently affirmed a trial court’s permanent injunction prohibiting the UFCW from trespassing in Walmart stores. In 2012 and 2013, the union had been harassing Walmart by staging demonstrations both inside and outside the company’s stores in California. Interestingly, the union admitted that its actions violated federal law. The union will […]






UFCW Loses

Walmart requested and received an injunction against the UFCW prohibiting “future trespasses and nuisances” from a Florida circuit court. The UFCW appealed, but an appeals court panel ruled unanimously against the union.

A state appeals court Friday upheld a trespassing injunction sought by Wal-Mart against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. A three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal said the case is part of a broader dispute about demonstrations that the union has held against Wal-Mart in various parts of the country.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. sought an injunction in Orange County circuit court against “future trespasses and nuisances,” Friday’s ruling said. A circuit judge granted the injunction, spurring the union to appeal.

Walmart requested and received an injunction against the UFCW prohibiting “future trespasses and nuisances” from a Florida circuit court. The UFCW appealed, but an appeals court panel ruled unanimously against the union. A state appeals court Friday upheld a trespassing injunction sought by Wal-Mart against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. A three-judge […]






Does Membership Pay?

A recently-negotiated contract between the UFCW and a grocery chain will result in lower wages than Walmart pays. And, of course, Walmart workers don’t have to pay union dues.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has long spearheaded the move to organize Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer. Despite years of friendly media coverage, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent (mostly from the forced dues of employees on fixed incomes), the protests have not succeeded in increasing unionization.

The value proposition that unions offer potential members is that they’d be able to negotiate better employee pay than employees could achieve on their own. This view goes largely unchallenged in today’s culture, and declining unionization rates are often pointed to as a factor in the decline of the country’s middle class. But is this view correct or just politically correct?

Consider last week’s agreement between the UFCW and the retail giant Kroger. In a three-year contract that covers 8,500 Indiana employees, the agreed-upon hourly wage rate is $8.50, with a top hourly wage for seasoned employees of $13.90. (These wage rates are before union dues deductions.)

Compare that to Wal-Mart, which the UFCW group OUR Wal-Mart claims exploits employees. Walmart’s starting wage is $9, which quickly increases to $10 after a six month training program… And its top wage for a cashier in Indiana is $17. Kind of undercuts the argument that unions are needed to negotiate “fair” wages.

So who is the winner from unionization contracts like Kroger’s? Crony union bosses, who sell their members the bill of goods that they can negotiate higher pay then pocket the millions of dollars of dues money paid by their members. It’s a scam.

A recently-negotiated contract between the UFCW and a grocery chain will result in lower wages than Walmart pays. And, of course, Walmart workers don’t have to pay union dues. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has long spearheaded the move to organize Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer. Despite years of friendly media coverage, […]






Promoting Pot

A UFCW boss would like for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to start peddling marijuana in its state-owned liquor stores. “Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, which represents about 3,500 state store workers, called selling marijuana at the shops ‘just a common-sense thing to do.’”

A UFCW boss would like for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to start peddling marijuana in its state-owned liquor stores. “Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, which represents about 3,500 state store workers, called selling marijuana at the shops ‘just a common-sense thing to do.’”






Striking for Nothing

Striking UFCW members at a hotel in Canada just agreed to end a five-month strike after gaining nothing. About 70% of employees supported accepting the final offer the hotel made last December. In spite of the strike, some union members chose to continue working.

Striking UFCW members at a hotel in Canada just agreed to end a five-month strike after gaining nothing. About 70% of employees supported accepting the final offer the hotel made last December. In spite of the strike, some union members chose to continue working.






“Poor Representation”

 Due to “poor representation,” the UFCW badly lost a decertification vote in California

Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc., both based in Oxnard, cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW.

The vote came down to 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union.

A petition to decertify the UFCW was filed with the farm labor board last week and signed by about 80 percent of the workers who complained about poor representation.

 Due to “poor representation,” the UFCW badly lost a decertification vote in California Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc., both based in Oxnard, cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW. The vote came down to 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW […]