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Category Archive: UFCW

  • 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 […]

  • Fast Food Flopward

    Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    We noted earlier this week that the Service Employees International Union-backed worker centers, following a playbook to organize restaurant workers by an intimidation-laced national card-check campaign, were going to protest fast food franchises. They did, and basically nothing happened—all the “strikes” were stage-managed stunts. You don’t have to take our word for it: The Associated […]

  • UFCW Playing Coy in Reno?

    Posted on Feb 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union recently conducted a series of protests against Wal-Mart organized through its in-house “worker center,” OUR Walmart. Concurrently to that, the UFCW conducts standard union anti-corporate campaigns to try to unionize or intimidate the world’s largest retailer. One such tactic is stalling city approval processes for Wal-Mart stores, […]

  • Worker Centers Worry Union Rules Might Apply

    Posted on Jan 30, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York Times recently covered the debate over “worker centers,” the latest incarnation of union front groups. Worker Centers like Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) and OUR Walmart — a subsidiary organization of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union — continue to exploit a loophole in labor law. The National Labor Relations Act […]

  • UFCW Leaders Arrested Posing as Walmart Employees

    Posted on Dec 13, 2013 by J. Justin Wilson

    RT @deborahhorne: At least 4 arrested at WalMart protest. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/1jrzWOQWeU — KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) November 29, 2013 We noted that recent protests at Wal-Mart stores were stage-managed United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-organized efforts aimed at unionizing the retailer or winning political support to make the chain uncompetitive with unionized grocers. Through a […]

  • CUF Exposes Black Friday Not-Strikes

    Posted on Dec 02, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    For millions of Americans, the Friday after Thanksgiving (and these days, also part of Thanksgiving night) is the shopping day of the year. For unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers, it’s a day to puff up your chests, hire protesters, and ally with left wing groups to bother non-unionized retailers. But as our […]

  • OUR Walmart Leans Forward with Few Employees

    Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    On Friday, masses of Americans will storm shopping centers looking for deals. We can also confidently predict that the vast majority of hourly associates at Wal-Mart will not walk out on their shifts. Even MSNBC, the liberal-leaning news organ that gives an hour of primetime to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 (among […]

  • What Do “Associate Voices” Have to Say About Working at Wal-Mart?

    Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In an effort to try to fluff up its Astroturf campaign against the world’s largest retailer, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group OUR Walmart has a “grassroots” “Associate Voices” page. Here are some sample comments that Wal-Mart employees have left on the site. Many complain about particular managers or difficulty getting hours, but […]