UFCW Members Unhappy with Union

times-republicanUFCW members protested against their union’s leadership for a second time. The members are unhappy about the union’s lack of transparency, about members’ complaints not being taken seriously, and about a recent election in which some members were not allowed to vote.

With signs demanding dignity, justice and respect, approximately 150 dissatisfied union workers protested peacefully outside United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1149 headquarters in Marshalltown late Tuesday afternoon…

The protesters alleged union officials have not adequately reported on a new contract ratified two months ago with JBS, a local pork producer who employs the workers, did not communicate changes in contract language, have blocked the election of reform-minded union stewards, and have not allowed union members to vote in elections.

Other grievances included a host of worker’s rights issues, safety issues and changes made in the worker’s health care plan without a vote…

It was the second time in five weeks a protest was held outside local UFCW offices.

A Nov. 2 protest attracted approximately 250…

Realizing she hadn’t been able to see the contract…, Maria decided to collect signatures and pressure Kail, Luis Rosales and Mike Graves to show the contract to the union members.

Maria said normally the UFCW shows members new contracts, policies and plans sent by JBS in order for the workers and administrators to come to an agreement on policy. She said that didn’t happen with the most recent contract.

Collecting signatures of union workers wanting to know more about the new contract was easy, Bernice [Sanchez] said.

“Once the rumor spread that she was looking for signatures, Maria got over 200 people to sign,” Bernice said…

The main complaints of union workers is the UFCW is not taking reported complaints seriously, in a timely manner or were not addressed at all, Bernice [Sanchez] said…

“Many of the problems I have heard are about miscommunication,” [Joe Enriquez] Henry said. “Some workers feel the union isn’t listening to them well.”

 

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