Culinary union proposes bill of rights for pro MMA fighters

by Jack Bratchre | source:

The Culinary Union, who has been the primary antagonist to getting MMA legalized in New York has taken yet another shot at Zuffa and the UFC.

Today, a representative for Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in Las Vegas and gave testimony outlining what they call exploitative business practices within the sport. They called on the commission to adopt a ”Bill of Rights for Professional Mixed-Martial Artists” comparable to the protection pro boxers currently receive under the Professional Boxers Bill of Rights and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.

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StretchPlum site profile image  

3/8/12 12:22 AM by StretchPlum

"by not allowing the establishment to arbitrarily fire/lay off workers just short of making their benefits anniversary date."This issue is addressed by an entirely separate non-contractual cause of action that is not exclusive to unionized employees.

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2/29/12 5:43 AM by Macedawgg

Should MMA Fighters have a Bill of Rights? Absolutely--boxers do. Should Athletic commissions offer the same protections to MMA fighters that are offered to boxers? Absolutely--there is no legitimate explanation whatsoever as to why they are not. Was this Bill of Rights intentionally hyperbolic? Yup.

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2/29/12 2:22 AM by bytagro

the proposal itself actually not bad at all, I'm enjoying seeing ufc getting its feet held to the fire on this issuelol at knee jerk reactions

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2/29/12 1:52 AM by Jaybrone

Zuffa already provides their fighters with health coverage that includes training injuries. This is one of the benefits they get for being in an exclusive contract. Take away that exclusiveness and there is no way Zuffa is covering the same things.

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2/29/12 1:38 AM by Victory Jay

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2/29/12 1:02 AM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

Silly mud!

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2/29/12 12:03 AM by evangelico

i support the fighters bill of rights

Humphrey site profile image  

2/24/12 7:14 AM by Humphrey

I was a union member (dues paying employee of a hotel) for the years I worked in the food industry. So I've got experience both in (as management at the hotel) and out of it. I worked my way up through college from banquet busboy, to restaurant busboy, to waiter, to bar tender, then restaurant/bar manager.Name one bad thing about unions? easy. at the lower levels it protects lazy workers and keeps establishments from firing without going through exhaustive written warnings and procedures.It also sucks for short term workers because they don't see much benefit from the makes an enormous difference to long term workers and higher level employees and makes it possible to make much more money, and forces the businesses to provide things like retirement and fair working environments by not allowing the establishment to arbitrarily fire/lay off workers just short of making their benefits anniversary date.the truth? low level workers and short term employees generally dislike unions because they don't see the benefits. But long term employees usually see the value and are kept from losing hundreds of thousands of dollars by forcing the establishments to do what they're supposed to do.furthermore, the culinary local 226 is not a public union. it's private. Public unions are scams more often and use coercion and political pressure to force their 1984 the casinos refused the union to get better healthcare so 18000 members went on strike. Guess what the outcome was? the culinary healthcare plan they have now.there isn't any way to cater to everyone, and if you're going to cater to someone, it should be the long term employees that need protection, not the short term people that wont' be getting a lot of the benefits to begin with (except healthcare, and stable pay/overtime).I remember hating having to pay dues when I first got in the business, and understanding it later in my career. I've since moved out of food and beverage completely. but what I hate more than those shitty dues and entry level suckiness is companies that oppress the workers and practice strong arm business practices which helps NOBODY but the casino. the unions are the lesser of two evils, and frankly, the casino business is the worst place to be IMO as a worker

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2/24/12 7:13 AM by Macedawgg

Absolute drivel. Unions are at their lowest membership levels in over 50 years. Unions also have about 1/1000th the clout of corporations in terms of spending power and lobbying power--yet they are the cause of strangulation of economic growth???

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2/24/12 6:59 AM by RICKYB

Woa , on zuffas balls