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Category Archive: UFCW

  • Prop 22 Opponents Have a Bad Case of Sour Grapes

    Posted on Nov 06, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, Proposition 22 — a California ballot measure that allows certain gig workers to be exempt from the state’s AB 5 law — passed with 58 percent of the vote. Now, app-based drivers for gig companies including Uber and Lyft are able to retain their independent contractor status, instead of being reclassified as employees […]

  • “Grassroots” Gig Workers Collective Exposed As UFCW Front

    Posted on Oct 22, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Update: After this post went live, the Gig Workers Collective posted a response on its Facebook page. The post describes an even closer collaboration with the UFCW than we documented below. The Collective acknowledged that the union “directly [paid] Facebook for our newly launched ads” and has been “granted…access to our facebook (sic) page.” The Collective […]

  • UFCW Locals Keep Bylaws Out of Members’ Hands

    Posted on Sep 09, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    Among the more memorable examples of unions’ anti-transparency antics is the UFCW’s 2002 lawsuit to keep its constitution hidden from the public. Labor Notes reported in 2002: In February, the UFCW International had joined with UFCW Canada and Local 777 (now re-organized as Local 247) in an earlier lawsuit charging a UFCW shipping clerk with […]

  • New Website Details Five Years of UFCW Spending, Including $6 Million to One Consulting Firm

    Posted on Sep 01, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Center for Union Facts is launching UFCWShopSmarter.com, a new website that highlights the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) spending history. According to the site’s data, which was taken from the union’s LM-2 filings over the last five years (2015-2019), the UFCW has spent big on staff and officer salaries, luxury hotel stays, airline […]

  • UFCW’s Two-Faced Tactics in Los Angeles

    Posted on Aug 07, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    In Los Angeles, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union has been involved in a years-long crusade against in-store shoppers — employees of a third-party company who provide grocery delivery services. But it turns out, the same union that’s trying to put these shoppers out of work is also trying to organize them. A […]

  • Union Push to Reclassify Workers in CA Could Result in 900,000 Jobs Lost

    Posted on May 18, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    As if workers didn’t have enough to deal with while trying to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, California has gone and made matters even worse. The state is suing rideshare apps Uber and Lyft for violating the state’s AB5 law by allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors, instead of employees. We’ve covered which unions are funding […]

  • Labor-Backed Attorneys Target Uber and Lyft in Lawsuit

    Posted on May 06, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    This week, the state of California filed a lawsuit against ride-share companies Uber and Lyft. The lawsuit claims these gig companies are misclassifying workers as independent contractors under the state’s AB5 law. The suit was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; city attorneys from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego joined in. Since unions can’t […]

  • NLRB Asked to Take Action Against UFCW Scheme Forcing Union Membership

    Posted on Mar 20, 2020 by LaborPains.org Team

    National labor unions are profiting off of the expanding recreational and medicinal cannabis industry, and the most egregious offender is the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). This week, the National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to put a stop to this scheme.  According to the […]