Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The UFCW is Still Up to Their Old Tricks

Stop me if you've heard this story before.

A local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Worker's union pickets a family owned grocery store. They want the store workers to unionize and set up "informational" pickets outside the store. The store's workers then hold counter protests, essentially picketing the union that wants to represent them.

"Sure," you say. "I know this story. This is the UFCW Local 880 picking on Henry Nemenz. This is exactly how they closed the Hubbard IGA and how they are attempting to close the Poland Sav-a Lot. Old news."

Except it's happening in Phoenix, Arizona.

The UFCW Local 99 is picketing a family owned chain of grocery stores called Basha's in an effort to get their employees to join the union. The Basha's employees are counter picketing, claiming they do not want to be represented by the UFCW.

An observant reader left a comment on an earlier UFCW post when he noticed the similarities between events here in the Mahoning Valley and those in Phoenix. There is a blog post here detailing the events taking place in Arizona. There's also a longer investigative piece here.

Funny, isn't it? Who knew the rust belt and the sun belt had so much in common?

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