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Category Archive: UFCW

  • Not-So-High Times for the UFCW

    Posted on Aug 20, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    In California, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has a multi-year ongoing campaign to organize workers in the budding retail marijuana industry. In 2011, UFCW organizers appeared with dispensary owners calling for San Jose to allow more dispensaries to open and be unionized by UFCW. Pot shops also hoped that closer alignment with the […]

  • Toss Another Dead Front Group on the Pile?

    Posted on Jul 06, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    We had noticed that United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) had gone fairly quiet. Launched amid great fanfare in November 2011, OUR Walmart may now be headed out to pasture. After a change of leadership at UFCW headquarters, the campaign’s focus is moving from a […]

  • Wage Hike not Good Enough When the Goal Is a Union

    Posted on Feb 26, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Earlier this week, Wal-Mart issued a directive raising base pay at the company’s stores to $9 per hour for new hires and $10 per hour for current employees. If the complaints of the “Organization United for Respect At Walmart” (OUR Walmart) were really about the company’s pay being too low, you might expect at least […]

  • UFCW’s Wal-Mart Stunts Find and Fool Few

    Posted on Dec 02, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Being knowledgeable observers of America’s labor movement, the Center for Union Facts staff was well aware that Thanksgiving weekend shopping might be disrupted by highly orchestrated union-led protests against major retailers. For the third year running, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), its subsidiary front group OUR Walmart, and its coordinating P.R. shop Berlin […]

  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week on an appeal by several convicted former bosses of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 who were convicted in 2012 of various racketeering-related crimes. The appeals court upheld the convictions of former Local 348 officers John Fazio; Anthony Fazio, Sr.; and Anthony […]

  • Micro-Unions Return to Gut Employee Rights

    Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    As part of their ongoing efforts to weasel their way into workplaces and curtail employee rights, labor unions have aggressively pursued the creation of “micro-units”—subdivisions of a workplace that a union can organize one-by-one. Since the Obama-stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in the precedent-eviscerating Specialty Healthcare case that micro-units were hunky-dory, it was […]

  • Media Searches for Wal-Mart Strikers, Finds Few

    Posted on Jun 05, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With Wal-Mart’s shareholder meeting coming up at the end of the week, the United Food and Commercial Workers’ in-house front group OUR Walmart is trying to rally its flagging campaign to either organize the retailer or drive up the retailer’s costs to make union shops more competitive. But it doesn’t look like the media is […]

  • OUR Walmart: Still UFCW in “Worker Center” Costume

    Posted on Apr 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Annually, labor union federations and private-sector unions must publish an annual report to the Department of Labor (known as the LM-2) pursuant to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.  And even though one of the first acts of the Obama/Solis pro-union DoL was gutting Bush-era reforms that made unions more transparent, they still contain useful […]