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UFCW ... Pledge This!!!

Friday, 27 May 2011

As UFCW Southern California retail negotiations drag on, with not much in the way of bigger is better union solidarity, former UFCW Local 839 President John Briley, responds in kind to UFCW's recent pledge mania.

Specifically: UFCW Pledge This!!!

Haiti Then and Now

Sunday, 17 January 2010

By John Reimann

Already, their priorities are being revealed; the focus is to airlift Americans out and troops in, rather than to bring in food, water and medical supplies. As Jarry Emmanuel of the World Food Program commented on the US priorities at the airport, Their priorities are to secure the country. Ours are to feed. In the coming days, it will be interesting to see how US forces coordinate with the aid efforts of Venezuela and Cuba. Already, the Heritage Fund, a major right-wing US think tank, has called for one objective in Haiti to be to counter influence of those two countries in Haiti.

(also see The Daily Censored)

Union Employers Must Speak Up

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

By John Briley November 17, 2009

Over the past several months, many of us have been following Wal-Mart, as it bullies and buys its way into Salinas while pursuing its quest for two Supercenters. Unfortunately, during this time, our union retail food and drug store employers have remained on the sidelines in virtual silence.

Bankster Rap

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

I had a creepy feeling last year when I first started to hear about the The Great Wall Street Swindle a.k.a. the subprime lending crisis. The whole thing seemed like a scam from top to bottom. How could any of the financial wizards who were passing around the toxic bags of asset-backed commercial paper not know that sooner or later the bottom was going to fall out? Of course they knew. They knew damn well but they didn't care. As the festering ABCP's passed from money-grubbing hand to money-grubbing hand, a lot of rich guys got richer. When the bottom fell out, they didn't feel any pain. It was the little guys - small investors and working people - who took the hit as their savings and retirement nest eggs disappeared virtually over night. I felt sick about the deliberateness of it all.

UFCW: the Demise of Promise

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Contributed by WJS

Unions - all unions - are a promise that working people make to one another, a hope shared, an effort undertaken together. The UFCW was such a promise, held such promise. Measuring the UFCW is a study in hope, abandoned, and promises made yet again.

Labor Vanishes?

Friday, 12 September 2008

"Fight your closest enemy first, and never leave an enemy in your rear, to engage with an enemy you would rather fight." That is one of the oldest and most basic tenets of warfare. Failure to pay heed leads only to defeat.

An Open Letter to MLA Chuck Puchmayr, NDP Labour Critic

Thursday, 03 January 2008

This year, 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Vancouver-born Canadian Olympic athlete, Dick Findlay's participation in the 1968 Olympic Games held in Mexico City. As well, this year is also distinguished by the 20th anniversary of Mr. Findlay's shameful firing by Vancouver's Molson Brewery for which he continues to seek redress.

An Open Letter to Chuck Puchmayr, MLA for New Westminster and Labour Critic for the NDP - from Former Canadian Olympic Athlete Dick Findlay

A Legal Letdown in CCWIPP Class Action Suit

Sunday, 06 May 2007

Retirees pursuing a class action lawsuit against the CCWIPP pension plan's trustees and contributing employers have hit a bump on the road. We've got some words of encouragement.

Northern California Carpenters: Vote No Leaflet

Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Northern California carpenters have long complained about how their wages lag behind both the cost of living and the wages of other building trades workers.

UFCW: A study on how they got to where they are today.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

There are reasons, solid explanations for where we are, why we end up where we do. Absolutely fate plays a part, luck invariably is also a factor. The reality is, much of it is directly related to what we have done and how we have done it. That is true for organizations as well as people.

The ufcw international is a classic study in how organizations work... or don't in some cases.

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