United Food and Commercial Workers Union acting like corporation instead of bargaining organization

Here’s the Truth

by James Turnage:

Employees of Raley’s Supermarkets in California are on strike. Nevada’s employees are non-union and therefore does not directly affect them. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said negotiations had broken off and they had no other choice.

I have actually seen the offer Raley’s made to their employees. The problem is that they have not. The union refused to present the company’s latest proposal to their members, preferring to plan a strike. The proposal was a much better offer than the recent one made by Savemart to their employees. There were few changes to the union members present agreement with Raley’s.

This is a case of a union acting like a corporation instead of a bargaining organization. Everyone, every business is attempting to climb out of their financial woes. Like most corporations, Raley’s is still losing millions yearly, but has maintained its stores well, and retained its employees.

I was once a part of a large union. They maneuvered us into a strike. The money we lost in just over three months was lost to us forever. A strike should be an absolute last resort. A strike is good for unions as a business, but bad for its members. In times like this, we need people working, not walking picket lines.

Raley’s will staff their California stores with willing employees from Nevada. They will be making money while California employees will be wearing out their shoes.

2 Responses to "United Food and Commercial Workers Union acting like corporation instead of bargaining organization"

  1. Mike DeCarlo   November 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I’ll start by stating that I am pro-union and strongly believe in the right to organize and negotiate for fair wages and benefits. On to my main point though, the UFCW is a joke of a union. It is basically a union dues collecting machine. It provides no representation or protection of a majority of members. Locally, approximately 75% of the Union’s membership is made up of part-time worker in grocery stores (i.e. High School & College Students, spouses ooking for a little extra spending money, etc.) These part-time employees receive no benefits and many times are forced to work “off the clock” time in which they are not paid. All while the in store “Shopstewards” look the other way and the UFCW is collecting union dues from these people. The UFCW is a joke. Don’t let them infect Walmart.

  2. Robert8   November 5, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    My favorite comparison for how unions began and what they’ve become is: Sales agent to pimp.

    Unions have an overblown sense of propriety and forget who is working for whom. Theatrical agents fall under the same self-aggrandizing spell.


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