Fertitta: Culinary union using women's groups as pawns


The Nevada-based Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has for years failed in its attempts to unionize the Station group of hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. Station Casinos is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who are also majority owners of the UFC.

Although the UFC has nothing to do with culinary workers, and indeed provides a vast amount of union work at arenas across the nation, and the world, it has for years been a target of the union.

A stock tactic the union employs is to create a fake organization, purporting to represent a decent group with decent intents, that is in reality something very different. The group does not care a whit about MMA figures cursing in media or any of the other covers they hid behind. They just want to fill union coffers.

Anti-UFC steps the union has taken include:
•Backed anti-MMA Legislation in New York;
•Called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate UFC parent company Zuffa;
•Launched a website complaining that UFC President Dana White swears a lot;
•Launched an online petition calling on FOX to back away from a deal to broadcast UFC events;
•Demanded Anheuser-Busch pull its Bud Light sponsorship of the UFC;
•Supported wacky MMA legislation in California;
•Demanded the Marine Corps cut ties with the UFC;
•Demanded that OTM cut ties with the UFC; and
•Asked FOX to remove UFC lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Abel Trujillo from their UFC on FOX 5 fight for having a record.
•Petitioned Toys"R"Us CEO Gerald Storch to pull all UFC related toys from the company's stores.

Where organized labor once lifted millions of exploited workers into the middle class, the Culinary Union is now spending member dues to accuse Dana White of using swear words, and Joe Rogan of calling someone 'cunty' on the UG. And the union has no issue - what so ever - with the UFC.

The logic behind the actions is difficult to fathom. The majority of steps taken thus far are comical. The main exception is supporting anti MMA efforts in New York, which hurts fans and fighters, the economy of New York state, and every employee at Madison Square Garden, a union shop.

Their latest campaign was an anti-MMA press conference in New York state, held as Gov. Andrew Cuomo is further warming to the idea of legalizing professional mixed martial arts bouts in the Empire State.

“I think we need jobs," explained Cuomo during an appearance on public radio’s 'The Capitol Pressroom.' "I think we need jobs. I think we need economic activity, especially in upstate New York. I think this is a major endeavor that is televised, that is happening all over the country at this point. You’re not going to stop it from happening. And I’m interested in the economic potential for the state.”

On the other side of the issues stands state Sen. Liz Krueger, who introduced an MMA moratorium bill Friday. Krueger represents much of Manhattan's east side.

"Due to the violent nature of mixed martial arts and the surprisingly high incidence of unchallenged sexism and misogyny displayed by certain fighters, commentators and other public figures associated with this sport, the prospect of legalization in New York State raises legitimate concerns about the increased exposure of our children to this new and potentially very negative influence," stated the bill.

"it’s a sport where you are visually perceived to choke to uncousciousness your opponent, to draw blood from your opponent," said Kreuger. That follows none of the rules of good sportsmenlike behavior. There is almost a model of supportive, free-for-all violence and real harm is done.”

Zuffa Chairman/CEO Lorenzo Fertitta explained that the press conference was actually organized by the Vegas union.

“It’s actually kind of sad,” said Fertitta. “These women’s organizations and women’s groups stand for great things … yet they are being used as a pawn by the Culinary Union.”

Krueger, D-Manhattan, acknowledged that someone on her staff was in touch with the Culinary Union as the press conference was planned.

The fate of the bill rests with the Assembly, as the Senate passed it again this year, and Cuomo appears inclined to support it.


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Kirik site profile image  

4/26/13 12:34 PM by Kirik

This is crazy: That bill directs the commission to suspend, revoke or refuse to issue- or renew the license of any mixed martial arts promoter or fighter that it finds has violated the Code of Conduct, which includes engaging in obscene language.  

Jaybrone site profile image  

4/25/13 12:45 PM by Jaybrone

EXACTLY! The Union is trying to force itself upon the employees who have voted against unionizing. The employees don't want it yet the CW Union is doing all they can in their power to limit a seperate company that just happens to be owned by the same people. It is all about adding thousands of new dues paying members to the union.

Y2JB site profile image  

4/25/13 8:00 AM by Y2JB

The resemblance to her brother Freddy is uncanny.

Mphelan site profile image  

4/25/13 12:07 AM by Mphelan

There's been heavy resistance to MMA in NY for a long time, and it's certainly not surprising that the woman who represents the *highly* conservative Upper East Side is opposed (I do not mean this in a Dem vs. Rep way)Further, it is absolutely outrageous that the first thing so many of you cry out when someone disputes your position on a matter is "cunt".She is an elected official. If you disagree with her, you should make either try to sway her opinion or sway the opinions of her constituents. I'm sure your vitriol is doing a great job of that.

Royce Nelson site profile image  

4/24/13 10:59 PM by Royce Nelson

Stupid fat cunt

CRMartin11 site profile image  

4/24/13 10:47 PM by CRMartin11

you're right there will always be ignorant cunts.

CRMartin11 site profile image  

4/24/13 10:44 PM by CRMartin11

LOL at the comments of Joe Rogan's that they highlighted. He has said way more offensive shit than anything they pointed out.

PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

4/24/13 10:42 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

It's nothing more then a shake down by this union.The Union bosses want dues from the casinos employees.Even though the casino workers don't want to join the union.Its all about money for the unions.

Macedawgg site profile image  

4/24/13 6:43 PM by Macedawgg

   The text of the bill that was actually presented is set forth below, and all parties knew that this was the version of the bill in advance of the hearing. Yet, versions that were never presented were consistently criticised in the press, in articles, and republished, numerous times. . why is that? Here is one thread where the proper version was posted:   http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum_framed.posts&forum=1&thread=1992022&page=1&pc=54.    Here is another correction:  http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum_framed.posts&forum=1&thread=1993593&page=1&pc=55.   There were others.    What is so whacky about the below--other than Zuffa (and Zuffa employees) opposed? The provisions below are a watered down version of protections already provided to boxers. Athletic Commisssions have no response when asked why the chose to enforce rules selectively either.     THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Add Legislative Intent Language to provide: It is the intention of the Legislature in enacting these provisions to protect Mixed Martial Arts fighters from being subjected to exploitative, oppressive, or coercive contractual practices that violate the athletes’ freedom to work and their ability to support themselves and their families as professional athletes. Therefore it is necessary and appropriate to establish standards to protect the rights and welfare of mixed martial arts fighters licensed under this chapter. SEC. 2 Section 18649 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read: 1864. To ensure that individuals and entities licensed under this act observe common standards of decency, the commission shall, in consultation with the Association of Boxing Commissioners, establish a professional code of ethical conduct. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, the commission shall enforce the code of ethical conduct and may suspend, revoke or refuse to issue- or renew the license of any mixed martial arts promoter or fighter that it finds has violated this Code of Conduct. Violations of this code shall include but not be limited to the following: a. Engaging in actions or activities such as felony convictions, failing to respond to a subpoena, sanctions by a judge or court of law, crimes involving moral turpitude, sexual assault, ethnic or religious slurs, hate speech and obscene language. b. Entering into a promotional contract with a mixed martial arts fighter licensed in the state of California if the contract contains one or more coercive provisions. For purposes of this Section, a coercive contract provision includes but is not limited to the following: (1) Assigns any exclusive future merchandising rights to a promoter for an unreasonable period beyond the term of the promotional contract. (2) Automatically renews a promotional contract or extends the term without good faith negotiation, or extends the term of any promotional contract of a fighter who participates in a championship contest for a period greater than 12 months beyond the existing contract termination period. (3) Unreasonably restricts a mixed martial arts fighter from obtaining outside sponsorship from a firm, product or individual. (4) Requires a mixed martial arts fighter to relinquish all legal claims that the fighter has, or may acquire in the future, against the promoter beyond assumption of the risks Inherent in the sport ofmixed martial arts and the Fighter participation in Pre and Post Bout events and activities. (5) Requires a fighter to grant or waive any additional rights not contained in the promotional contract as a condition precedent to the fighter’s participation in any Contest. SEC 3. Section 18849 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read: 18849. (a) No promoter, nor any person having a proprietary interest in the promoter, shall have, either directly or indirectly, any proprietary interest in a boxer or martial arts fighter competing on the premises owned, leased, or rented by the promoter without written approval from the commission. (b) No promoter shall be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a contest until the promoter provides to the commission the following: (1) A copy of any agreement in writing to which the promoter is a party with any professional athlete or contestant licensed under this act. (2) A statement made under penalty of perjury that there are no other agreements, written or oral, between the promoter and the athlete with respect to that contest. (3) All fees, charges, and expenses that will be assessed by or through the promoter on the athlete participating in the event, including any portion of the athlete’s purse that the promoter will receive. (4) Any reduction in the athlete’s purse contrary to a previous agreement between the promoter and the athlete. (c) Neither the commission, nor any person acting on its behalf, may disclose to the public any agreement furnished by a promoter under this section except to the extent required to comply with an order in a legal, administrative or judicial proceeding. SEC. 4 No reimbursement is required the this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIIIB of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article. XIIIB of the California Constitution.    

12SixElbow site profile image  

4/24/13 6:30 PM by 12SixElbow

Yes for the union. They don't give two shits about what the employees want. They want more members, and more dues. Especially considering the employees do not want to be part of a union, that speaks volumes imo.