Time and time again, the United Food & Commercial Workers, a union that likes to portray itself as a “friend to workers," reveals itself to be a union of double standards and hypocrisy.
A couple of years ago, the office staff working for UFCW local 832 went out on strike against their employer—the United Food & Commercial Workers. The workers’ strike against the UFCW lasted for five weeks and ended with a four-year wage freeze. Then, according to the Winnipeg Sun:
[UFCW] Management gloated on its website following the strike, boasting that they got employees to "accept less" in the new deal. Talk about adding salt to the wound.
The organization even suggested it would start cutting staff and has already fired one worker who was on the picket line -- a move workers say is pure intimidation.
"One good thing that did come from this strike is that we know how to make this (organization) run more efficiently and we've realized we don't need the amount of staff that we have," the president of the [UFCW] said on the website. (Source: Winnipeg Sun, 3-2-07)
“From the moment UFCW management first came to the table in April,” says Paul Williamson, chief negotiator and spokesperson for the workers, “they had virtually nothing to offer in the way of contract improvements — just demands for cuts and concessions."
"They’ve consistently shown little willingness to look for a compromise that would be acceptable to both parties. At our suggestion, conciliation was tried — but only lasted about one hour because UFCW management made it clear they had no intention of modifying their position — no intention of offering significant improvements for existing staff, or withdrawing their demands for major cuts in benefits and wages for any new staff who are hired."
In Feb. 2007, UFCW Local 791 bosses in Massachusetts engaged in a mass firing of nearly 40% its own union staff. The surprise firings shocked the union business agents who were fired with apparently no warning, prompting them to post on their own website a letter to the UFCW membership:
We are sure that the membership, as well as us, never thought that a “labor organization” would treat its own members (or staff employees) like this. Apparently, the quote “an injustice to one, is an injustice to all” doesn’t apply to “all” of us.
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