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SFway
Post Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:20 pm

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Please be advised:

The UFCW will be holding its International Convention this summer, Monday 18 August 2008 through Friday 22 August 2008 in Montreal, Canada.

Each UFCW Local will be electing delegates to this Convention in the near future. The number of delegates from each Local depends upon the size of that Local's membership; Local delegations include the Local President and Secretary-Treasurer.

Locals provide for "lost time" payments for rank-and-file members, "daily expenses" and "traveling and hotel expenses". A passport for those entering Canada and returning to the U.S. is necessary these days; the backlog for obtaining a passport seems to have diminished - so there should be adequate time.

The election of delegates to the IU Convention provides an opportunity for UNCHARTED's UFCW members to attend the convention, to voice and vote upon their concerns.

Please consider initiating a campaign to become a delegate from your Local.


Some Locals have been forthright about the election of delegates; some, as usual, have not.

So, the first step is to contact your Local, voice your understanding that delegates are to be elected, and inquire, verbally and in writing, regarding the practices, procedures, dates, etc. regarding the election.

Then, organize some like-minded brothers and sisters to run. Get into the stores and gather votes.

If this can be done, an UNCHARTED caucus at the IU Convention might be an interesting possibility, along with some other creative (and public) activities.

Folks, this is a thing that can be accomplished.
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wm pasz
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:12 am

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Montreal - only 5 hours east on hwy 401. Who's interested in doing a little undercover?

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Laboryes
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:12 am

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Gee one ufcw local even put up the info on their website http://www.ufcw21.org/2008/02/05/february_2008_general_membership_meetings_and

What do ya bet local ate will claim to know nothing about it?

Here is pics from the 03 conference...how fucking Hollywood! http://www.tesswaldproductions.com/featured_ufcw03.htm

Sure is all about the look good for the ufcw eh?

Looks good from the outside but no substance on the inside! Rolling Eyes

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Laboryes
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 2:50 pm

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Just as I thought not a word on the Local Ate website about the IU convention http://www.ufcw8.org/index.cfm

Local Ate members need to flood the hall with calls and letters demanding this information.

You can start by calling Jacques Loveall's office at (916) 786-0588 ext 201 and demanding to know why this information has not been sent out to members!

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Pearson
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:26 pm

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The IU has very specfic obligations regarding electing delegates to the constitution and if they aren't followed can be a violation under the NLRA. It would be beneficial for someone with the current Constitution to post the language regarding the election process. They can't just pick their friends, relatives or union reps.

The only way around holding elections is to send just the two officers; president and secretary treasurer. If there are to be others then they must send proper notice of when and where the nominations and elections are to be held.

Back in REAP's heyday the IU was adamant this procedure be strictly followed. With the way things are these days it wouldn't surprise me if they just did whatever they wanted. And such is life in the ufcw family.

Happy fucking Easter.

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Laboryes
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:41 pm

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Pearson wrote:
It would be beneficial for someone with the current Constitution to post the language regarding the election process. They can't just pick their friends, relatives or union reps.


Not sure if this is what your looking for Bill but I'll post anyway.

Quote:

2. No sooner than 18 months from the time the last Convention was
adjourned, seven or more Local Unions comprising not less than 25
percent of the membership of the International Union, acting by a vote
of the majority of the members of each Local Union present and voting
at a special meeting called for such purpose, may submit a request for
a special Convention, specifying the particular question or questions
to be considered. The International Secretary-Treasurer shall, within
15 days of the receipt of such request, forward the request to all
Local Unions for a membership vote. If Local Unions comprising at
least two-thirds of the membership of the International Union, acting
by a vote of the majority of the members of each Local Union present
and voting at a special meeting for that purpose, shall, within 30
days after the receipt of the communication from the International
Secretary-Treasurer, notify the International Secretary-Treasurer of
the approval of the request for a special Convention, such special
Convention shall be called as hereinafter provided. Special
Conventions called at Local Union request shall be convened within
four months after the receipt of the required approvals from Local
Unions. The time and place of such a special Convention shall be
designated by the International Executive Board and shall be set forth
in a call to be issued by the International Secretary-Treasurer at
least 90 days prior to its opening. A special Convention shall
consider the question or questions specified to the International
Executive Board as set forth in the request of the Local Unions, and
such question or questions shall be stated in the call. At any such
special Convention the International Executive Board shall have the
right to present for consideration and action any matter or matters it
deems necessary in addition to those stated in the call.

3. Each Local Union President shall be a delegate to special
Conventions by virtue of election to office, except, where a Local
Union is entitled to or elects to send only one delegate to a special
Convention, such delegate shall be elected by secret ballot. Where a
Local Union is entitled to more than one delegate to special
Conventions, the Local Union Secretary-Treasurer shall be a delegate
by virtue of election to office, except, where a Local Union is
entitled to or elects to send only two delegates to a special
Convention, the second delegate shall be elected by secret ballot. The
remaining delegates and alternates to which a Local Union is entitled
shall be nominated and elected by secret ballot in accordance with the
procedures for the nomination and election of Local Union officers as
provided in Article 35 of this Constitution, except as provided in the
procedures specified by the International Executive Board.


International Constitution: http://www.iww.org/texts/UFCW.html

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Laboryes
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:28 pm

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Here's more...

Quote:
(F) The nomination and election of delegates to the Convention shall
be conducted at any time during January, February, March, or April of
the Convention year
. The election of delegates to the Convention shall
be conducted by secret ballot. Not less than 15 days prior to the
nomination of delegates, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to
each member at his or her last known home address, setting forth the
times, dates, and places for conducting the nomination of delegates to
the Convention. Not less than 15 days prior to the election of
delegates, notice shall be mailed by the Local Union to each member at
his or her last known address, setting forth the times, dates, and
places for conducting the election. Notice of nominations and election
may be combined into a single notice, which shall be mailed not less
than 15 days prior to nominations.


It looks like local ate is already in violation of the IU Constitution we are just days away from April and no word to the members from the local ate misleaders regarding the IU convention or an election for delegates.

Shame, Shame Jacques! You fucked your members again!

SFway thank you for this thread by the way!

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SharynS
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:00 pm

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Relax LY, it looks like loveall isn't alone in this deje screw. Local negligence or other, you think? So far there's not been a word from nor posted by ufcw 1518 to date, nothing about the upcoming convention itself or available delegate positions.

Have to chalk one up for ufcw - the convention call went out on time. That appears to be where it all ends. Although, if my calculations are correct, ufcw locals now have until April 15th to notify the membership and get the delegate nominations underway and delegate results no later than april 30th?

It's beginning to look a lot like ufcw is once again withholding empowering information. This in a time when it's spewing an urgency for member involvement? Is it just me or is ufcw's MO not making a whole lot of democratic sense. <-- Mr. Green

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John Briley
Post Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:08 pm

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Laboryes wrote:
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It looks like local ate is already in violation of the IU Constitution we are just days away from April and no word to the members from the local ate misleaders regarding the IU convention or an election for delegates.


Laboryes.. all done by design!!!

Keep in mind that according to the I.U. Constitution, found at page 10, Article 15 (B), based on the "alleged" number of 30,000 Active Members in Local 8 they are entitled to:

Number of Active Members in Local Union:
29,001 --------- 34,000

Local 8 is entitled to twenty-six (26) Delegates to the I.U. Convention. Not counting their Local Union President and Secretary Treasurer.

When the dust finally settles, we will see which individuals will actually be attending the I.U. Convention from Local 8? If tradition continues for Local 8 / 588, take a guess who will be attending???????


SFway also wrote:
Quote:
The election of delegates to the IU Convention provides an opportunity for UNCHARTED's UFCW members to attend the convention, to voice and vote upon their concerns.

Please consider initiating a campaign to become a delegate from your Local.

Some Locals have been forthright about the election of delegates; some, as usual, have not.

So, the first step is to contact your Local, voice your understanding that delegates are to be elected, and inquire, verbally and in writing, regarding the practices, procedures, dates, etc. regarding the election.

Then, organize some like-minded brothers and sisters to run. Get into the stores and gather votes.

If this can be done, an UNCHARTED caucus at the IU Convention might be an interesting possibility, along with some other creative (and public) activities.

Folks, this is a thing that can be accomplished.





I would encourage every UFCW Member to persue their right to be a Delegate and attend our UFCW I.U. Convention.

Happy Easter to everyone!!!
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v1por
Post Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:34 am

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11.501-12.250 active members means 17 Delegates for UFCW 1036!


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ross53
Post Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:06 pm

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UFCW Local 135; Calendar : All 2008 Scheduled Events

http://www.ufcw135.org/calendar.htm

Nothing about the IU Convention.

The convention delegation is reserved only for the members who will "Kiss Mickey Ring", the sameones that for fear of retaliation will do anything that Kasparian order them to do.

Pearson, In San Diego rules and regulation are not enforceable "IT THAT SIMPLE" the only way is the Bat Man way!

BTW, we still continue to have only one Shop Steward at my work place, and our Union Representative is still missing in Action since February 04, 2008. Twisted Evil

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Pearson
Post Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:19 am

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I suspect there will be all kinds of locals just doing whatever they please. While you can all lament their shortcomings, it is a violation of the internationals constitution and should not be taken lightly. For anyone who is interested, you should note if you did not receive notice of the election...contact your local to find out why.

Because this convention is where the election of officers is held, the process is mandated by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Failing to follow the guidelines as defined in the constitution is tantamount to violating the law. While the feds have sucked at ever doing anything, imagine if every local that broke the law was reported to the NLRB.

Please do not blow this off as no big deal; it is. As a member of the ufcw you have a right to be considered as a candidate. If the local is sending more than the president and secretary treasurer, they have to hold nominations and elections in accordance with the constitution.

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UNIONRICK1036
Post Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:49 am

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Hey v1por,

I hate to be the one to rain on your parade, but trusteed Locals don't get to attend the Convention. The lack of self-governance eliminates one's voice in these affairs.

Just an observation, since few Locals have noticed their memberships of the Convention call, could something interesting be up? Or perhaps they don't want rank and file there? Or maybe the falling dollar makes it cost prohibitive.....
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wm pasz
Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:51 am

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If this can be done, an UNCHARTED caucus at the IU Convention might be an interesting possibility, along with some other creative (and public) activities.

Folks, this is a thing that can be accomplished.


This is really interesting. I suspect that any Canadian members who actually tried to get elected as delegates within their locals would find themselves fired and then screwed over in the grievance procedure long after the convention was over. But that said, there are other activist possibilities here.

Maybe a parallel convention - on the premises or outside - complete with costumes (for those who want to travel incognito) and guerilla theatre might draw some attention to the cause. I'm sure there are other possibilities too.

Does the fact that this union is governed by US laws make a difference? Could the DOL get involved if there are un_LMRDA-like activities? I wonder if that's why they're holding it in Canada?

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v1por
Post Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:51 am

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http://www.ufcw5.org/Flyers/NOMINATIONS%20NOTICE.pdf
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