Culinary Union trolling internationally, in France


The 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, frequently named to Fortune's 100 best Companies to Work For, 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 become a target of the union.

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, which the union accused of using monopolistic tactics to thwart competition from other MMA promoters;
•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;
•Demand 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 swearing. 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.

And now the union is extending its anti-MMA effforts internationally, through parent organization Unite Here.

The French Sports Ministry reconfirmed recently the country’s ban on mixed martial arts, stalling for now hopes that UFC-style cage fighting events will become legal in France.

Responding to a question from a Deputy of the National Assembly, the Sports Ministry stated on July 2: “Free Fight, or Mixed Martial Arts, takes place inside a cage and allows strikes against the opponent while on the ground. The policy of the Ministry has not changed and remains clear. The practice of MMA is not allowed and its events/shows are not permitted.”

The ban was reconfirmed despite lobbying of the French government by ZUFFA LLC of Las Vegas. Last year, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta called France a “massive opportunity” and said he was “encouraged that you’ll be eating croissants watching the UFC pretty soon.”

Carole Bretteville, President of the Women's Committee for Federation Francaise du Sport d'Entreprise (“FFSE”), applauded the Ministry’s response.

“France works very hard to promote equality in all aspects of life, especially in sports,” said Bretteville. “FFSE promotes sport as a unifying force, where management and employees together benefit from shared recreation activities. I was appalled to find out how UFC was lobbying in France, especially when UNITE HERE informed me how UFC has tolerated derogatory statements and attitudes against women. We cannot allow such an organization to destroy all the work we have done to promote equality through French sports. I applaud the Minister’s courage to reject free fighting in France.”

UNITE HERE’s European Development Director Blake Harwell said: “We were not surprised. European attitudes toward such bloody displays date back centuries. Add in the anti-social issues and I'd say Zuffa and the IMMAF have a long way to go to make MMA palatable. No matter what name they call it, cage fighting still fails to meet European expectations for what counts as sport.”

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7/25/13 1:21 PM by mixedmartialfarts

Yup very true.  Thanks for the translation by the way!

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7/25/13 1:18 PM by Jons Forsberg

the Culinary Union should start a fighter's Union. that'd be the ultimate troll.

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7/25/13 1:16 PM by XIII

I agree. Unfortunately the most vocal fans also seem to be the most rude, ignorant, sexist, etc., which makes it easy for the Culinary Union to depict us as a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians that hate women to people who don't know a lot about our beloved sport.Like the French say: c'est la vie.

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7/25/13 12:56 PM by twizzle97

I appreciate the translation. VU and thanks.

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7/25/13 12:50 PM by mixedmartialfarts

Am I the only one that finds it completely disturbing that MMA is banned in France because of shit that a few fighters have said on Twitter and misc video clips of Dana/Chael/Rampage/etc?  Meanwhile, soccer fans are ripping referees heads off and putting them on spikes in the middle of the pitch and we're banning an entire sport because some fighters said shitty things.  I know it's an extreme example, but I'm just trying to illustrate the stupidity of banning an entire sport because of a very select group of people acting foolishly. That's the danger of having people in positions of power with very limited exposure to our sport having people like this culinary union in their ear, and really the only thing that angers the fuck out of me regarding this whole thing... this culinary union is more than happy to completely fuck the sport of MMA over worldwide in order to send a "fuck you" to the UFC and yet people still defend their actions here.  Personally I don't give a fuck if the UFC goes to France, but the fact that a male or female mixed martial artist that lives in France can't compete in their own country because of some union in Nevada is insanity.

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7/25/13 12:31 PM by mma interpreter

^Voted up, bro. Interesting to say the least.

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7/25/13 11:41 AM by XIII

Shit, now I have to translate this stuff. I hate it when I volunteer to do things. OK here it goes. Ignore the spelling mistakes please.So after the press release the guy who runs sent an e-mail to Carole Bretteville telling her that he is shocked by their statement because this is not just about the UFC but MMA in general.He continues to explain the Culinary Union vs. UFC conflict and that it isa union issue and not about the sport and states that the information she received comes from the unions that are battling the UFC for other reasons.Then he asks her on what she based her opinion that MMA has no respect for women because the base of the sport is respect.He continues with saying that the UFC or MMA in general respects women as well as other sports, the evidence being that Ronda Rousey now represents the sport for women and is a former Olympian.So he asks her to educate herself about other women that are practicing MMA and assures her that there are plenty of women that are practicing MMA.He also proposes to take her to a gym so that she can talk to the female practicioners herself.---------------She replies as followed:"I have been fighting for years for women in sports, developing female sports, increasing the number of women in leading positions and against sexist discrimination in sport.Gender-based violence is not limited to MMA practicioners alone.The violence against women as it exists in MMA is unacceptable: calls for rape, sexual remarks from representatives of the sport. This violence exists, we can't deny it.This doesn't exist to this extend in other sports.Can you explain to me why, in one day, I have become the target and subject of insults on Twitter by the followers of this discipline? I have welcomed a decision that I find wise, don't you think that these reaction are a bit violent?"--------------The writer ends with stating:I then jumped up to read that according to her, certain representatives of the sport have incited rape (that proper English). This seems completely absurd, but hey, I'm still waiting for proof of these statements by this particular lady.We live in a beautifu world filled with false judgments and unfounded prejudices, isn't that wonderful?Here is what she based her judgment on: that video is a Culinary Union video that shows the Twitter statements by Forrest and Miguel Torres about rape, Dana's rant against Loretta Hunt, a speech by Chael, Overeem unhooking some bras, Bisping yelling and most of all Rampage being Rampage with a bunch of female journalists.After reading Carolle's reply, I of course had to e-mail her again explaining that the Twitter stuff seemed to be some really stupid attempts at humor and Rampage is just being Rampage (I phrased that slightly different though). I also told her that the violent and aggresive reactions that she received are not to blame on MMA because she would get the same response if she made some statements about some football team (soccer if u will). I asked her not to judge the sport on its worst fans or fighters but also on its best examples of sportsmanship and well-spoken fans that can act civil (was talking about myself there and a few of you guys).So if you are thinking about harassing this woman some more, please don't. Calling her names and threatening her is not going to do any good for MMA in France.Hope my translating was more or less OK. I haven't used my French since high school.Oh yeah, and fuck you UG for making me translate this stuff when it's fucking hot out here. ;)

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7/25/13 10:46 AM by mma interpreter

Seconded for translation and vote up. Thank you, that's a fucking awesome thing you've done.

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7/25/13 10:44 AM by Harmon Whistler

Yes, please translate. Voted up.

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7/25/13 10:22 AM by mma interpreter

Missed this one lol. Holy shit, idk how many people get all of your references, but you sir are one funny motherfucker.