The Imperfect Union

Why are United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) bosses enriching themselves at the expense of rank-and-file workers whose interests they claim to represent?

During the pandemic, grocers have hired hundreds of thousands of new employees to serve communities in need and help manage new safety protocols. While the influx of employees has certainly helped keep food on the shelves, it has also helped line the pockets of an unexpected group – Labor Unions – by taking money from the essential workers serving on the front lines.

The UFCW, supported by its local chapters throughout the country, has benefited greatly – receiving additional Union dues and initiation fees from the hundreds of thousands of new frontline workers hired over the last 13 months.

For members of UFCW Local 770 in Southern California, like so many other locals around the country, that means hundreds of dollars or more taken from their paychecks:

  • Since March of 2020, members of the Local 770 have had up to $900 taken out of their paychecks for Union dues[1]
  • For any members who started during the pandemic, they also had to pay an initiation fee of up to $550[2]
  • That means some Local 770 members have had up to $1,450 taken out of their pockets by the Union

UFCW Local 770’s President, John Grant, earned $195,823 in 2020.[3] Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Finn earned $197,936.[4] Their salaries are nearly 7X more than what the average Local 770 member earns in a year. And the big boss in Washington, Marc Perrone, earns over $300,000 a year![5]

In addition to paying its leaders six-figure salaries, Local 770 is sitting on $28 million in assets.[6] Why then, do they need to keep taking dues out of members’ pockets during a pandemic if they already have $28 million?

Instead of reducing or temporarily halting dues from members, the Union is building a political war chest to attack the very businesses – like Food 4 Less, Safeway and others – where the Union’s members are employed.

Conspicuously egging on the Union in this short-sighted attack on employers is a new group backed by associates of Bernie Sanders, and the Radical Left, a “More Perfect Union.”

Union bosses like Grant, Finn, and Perrone should be ashamed of how low they’ve stooped to blame others for their members’ struggles while they continue to abuse their members for financial gain. Frontline workers deserve better.

Join our campaign to demand that Greedy Union bosses like Grant, Finn, and Perrone give back those dues to hard-working members!

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