What’s the deal with the unfair labor practice charge against Sanders’s campaign?

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      sonofspy777
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      The employer failed to notify us upon hire that we had a CBA and maintained that we were “at-will.” Employer violated the CBA by requiring additional work days, and failing to provide days off as required. Employer further violated the CBA in multiple ways, and the Union did nothing (I will be filing a DFR against them). At hiring, employer promised some employees housing, and not others; some were promised expenses, and others were not. The CBA requires relocation expenses be paid. Employer retaliated against me when I organized the bargaining unit and sent an email requesting compliance with the CBA (I understand CBA violations are not ULPs — the ULP arises from the retaliation).
      The necessary context for reading this is that the Sanders campaign workers are represented by UFCW, one of the largest unions in the country. They have a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in place. Given these facts, it is weird that there is an individual filing a ULP charge about these issues. Normally when a CBA is in place, stuff like this would be handled as a breach of contract and grieved to arbitration (i.e. it would not go to the NLRB). And if a ULP charge was filed for some reason, the union would generally file it, not the individual.

      The question of why the ULP charge even exists is answered in a telling way by the bolded portion in the quote above. The worker is claiming that the union has done nothing about all of the claims he is making about widespread contract breaches, worker intimidation, and unlawful termination. Indeed, he says he is also going to file a ULP charge against the UFCW alleging that it breached its duty of fair representation (DFR), a nugget the Bloomberg article somehow missed.

      There are two possible explanations for all of this.

      1. The Sanders campaign is engaged in widespread contract and labor law violations and the union is refusing to do anything about it to the point of allowing its own workers to be unlawfully fired.

      2. The Sanders campaign has generally acted legally and within its contractual rights and the reason the union chose not to grieve the complaints of this individual or file its own ULP charges is because the complaints are without merit.

      https://medium.com/@MattBruenig/whats-the-deal-with-the-unfair-labor-practice-charge-against-sanders-s-campaign-858d174a962a

      Author used to work for the NLBR…

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    • #91208
      HalfCentury Man
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      The general summery of this ULP (unfair labor practices) complaint is vauge as most are. The devil is in the details. Although I suspect if careful detailed records of every greavence (large and small, by management of union members) this filer were kept; this filer joined the campaign for this very reason. To damage BS as a fake.

      The CBA contract needs to be seen and the exact position the filer filled, must be known.

      But, right now, a poisonous maiasma seems to seep from the elder progressive. As intended.

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

      John F. Kennedy: 13 March 1962.

    • #91228
      HassleCat
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      New territory here. Political campaigns are notoriously haphazard and arbitrary, employing all sorts of people who have no clue about labor law. Bernie, as usual, goes where others fear to tread. Hiis leadership will cause him some pain, as leadership usually does, but it means future campaign organizations will have to get up to speed on how to read and follow a collective bargaining agreement. Long overdue. Bernie is paying the price for others’ inattention and deflection.

    • #91240
      3fingerbrown
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      Most of this is just more Hillary Clinton/David Brock mimicking Karl Rove 101 tactics: Bernie is pro labor? Attack him as an enemy of unions. Bernie fighting against racism for 40 years? Say black folks don’t like him. Bernie way ahead of everyone about woman’s rights issues? Call him a misogynist. And on and on. Unfortunately it has hurt him, mainly with some people who don’t know or never knew much about Bernie. And the vast majority of these Bernie haters, who are almost all “democrats”, don’t say jack shit about all the Turd Way democrats who continuously side with republicans on issue after issue.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #91263
      Punxsutawney
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      Attack where you are strong. This is what this is about. And remember the Dem leadership doesn’t care the least bit about unions except as a source of votes / endorsements. The people that fund them don’t like unions either and neither do the media companies as well, so both are happy to go after Bernie here, legitimate claim or not. Funny how easy it is for them to fall back on Rethug tactics when it’s someone who will actually work for regular people. Don’t doubt that Bernie must be destroyed at almost any cost.

      There is no bar too low that these people will stoop to as long as they think they can get away with it.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

    • #91271
      winter is coming
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      I guess those people who were “fired unfairly” could find an unpaid internship with Warren or Biden… unless they’re already on their payrolls.

    • #91341
      incognito
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      Moles

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      David Brock

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      Bernie needs to vet his people better. They’re out for blood and they don’t care how they draw it.

       

       

       

    • #91343
      djean111
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      The deal is to keep repeating this sort of bullshit, because they can’t attack Bernie on his policies, because they are pretending to agree with his policies.

      Bottom line for me – there is FUCK ALL about any labor practice that would induce me to support someone other than Bernie.  Because of the issues that affect us all.  Anyone who says gee, sure looks like the union stuff has problems, so I am going to support/vote for someone besides Bernie, regardless of issues and records, is an easily led fool.  But that is what the DNC is trying to accomplish here.

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