Tag Archives: strike

Fire to the managers of class struggle

12 Dec

Ouch.  This shit is so fucked up. Doesn’t it just make you want to say “fuck the unions, let’s self-organize to fire all the bosses, company and union alike”?

for social war without mediation, –us.

Ousted union leaders take vehicles, political cash with them

The family members that run one of Colorado’s most powerful labor unions are being forced out of power, but not before they receive parting gifts paid for with union dues.

Ernie Duran, Jr., the longtime president of UFCW Local 7, will receive his union-issued vehicle, a 2007 Ford F350 pickup, as a retirement gift.

The vehicle was purchased with union dues paid by the union’s 23,000 members, grocery workers at Safeway, King Soopers and Albertsons. Union members are voting on last, best and final contract offers from Safeway and King Soopers. Their mail-in ballots must be received by Monday.

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Grocery workers reject offer, strike imminent

6 Oct

Grocery store workers for Safeway, King Soopers and City Market on the Western Slope have overwhelmingly voted to reject the companies’ offers and ask for a return to the bargaining table.

Safeway workers also voted to reauthorize a strike.

Meanwhile, the Denver Post is reporting that some shoppers are ready to betray class solidarity and cross picket lines…

Yeah, it’s hard to find a grocery store in Denver that isn’t a Safeway or King Soopers.  But you don’t have to be a traitor to get your food…

If you dodge the picket lines, dodge the checkout lines!

What better way for working-class folks to support the strike while improving their own material conditions?

UPDATE:  Okay, ‘imminent’ was an exaggeration. The fucking union is dragging this out as long as possible, giving the managers as long as they need to find scabs. Latest word: back to the negotiation table October 20th.

Boulder teachers set to strike

5 Oct

School District attempts to turn parents against union

A letter sent to Boulder Valley School District parents telling them of steps officials will take should there be a teacher strike was not meant to influence negotiations, a district spokesman said.

But Melissa Tingley, head of the teachers union, said the letter is trying to get parents to take sides in the conflict between the Boulder Valley Education Association and the district.

“It’s a shame that the district is trying to create unnecessary fear with the parent community,” Tingley said.

Mediation between the district and the 1,500-member teacher union collapsed Sept. 17, and the association filed notice with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment of a possible strike.

The union wants changes to the professional salary schedule that will move pay higher more quickly. The district says it can’t afford the changes this year.

Read the full story at the Denver Post

Colorado grocery workers set to strike

16 Sep

The union representing 17,000 workers at three of Colorado’s largest grocery chains has set strike votes for the next 2½ weeks across the state.

Both King Soopers and Safeway made final contract offers Sept. 9 to the union after five months of negotiations that have failed to produce an agreement with the union. The union’s bargaining committee voted to reject both offers.

A strike has been sanctioned by the union’s international leadership in Washington, D.C., but can’t begin until voting concludes Oct. 6, if the membership votes to strike. Local 7’s 200-person bargaining committee would vote afterward whether to strike one or both chains.

“Our goal from the first day of negotiations has been to avoid a strike or lockout. The corporations have been unwilling to meet workers halfway,” said Crisanta Duran, Local 7’s associate counsel.

Any strike would be the first Local 7 since the union staged a 42-day strike against King Soopers in 1996, triggering a lockout of union members by Safeway. Both chains have agreed to lock out workers if the union goes on strike against the other and have been advertising for temporary replacement workers who would be hired only if the union calls a strike.

Union officials say the offer is little changed from the initial offers from the chains and would require cuts in future pension accruals by up to 62 percent, raise the minimum retirement age for Local 7 members from 50 to 55 and end a $200-a-month supplemental payment for retirees age 60 to 62.

from the Colorado Springs Gazette

* The contract offer also gives no pay raises to workers who are lower on the pay scale and who need it the most.  This is of course an attempt to divide and conquer the workers based on internal divisions.