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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