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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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Time to storm the Culinary Union building, take no prisoners.
4/24/13 12:21 PM
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4/24/13 12:31 PM
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She sounds like my friends wife who turns away if the fights are on yet is an avid football and hockey fan who watches as many games as she can.

Last time we were watching she said "How can they do this? I'd quit before getting hurt/injured." To which I explained that in football the front line are receiving multiple concussions a game and in hockey that she enjoys the fights (not to mention all of the intentional boarding and knee on knee contact). This is no different and in fact in contrast to the other sports, most of the mma athletes are not trying to hurt each other, they just want to win. Many are peers and train together.

Once she understood that she calmed down to watch the Ronda fight. Go figure. But regardless, these people just need someone to explain what the sport really is. Otherwise, they view it as excessively brutal and not a real sport.

Perception is everything.
4/24/13 12:36 PM
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Or the culinary union is looking to help increase the wages/benefits of their workers.

Funny how so many here will praise CEO's for their business savvy and ruthless tactics BUT decide the 'union' (see straw man) just wants to fill its coffers?

Plenty to go around in this world and the rich would have you believe you could be one of them too...if you only work hard and follow their rules :)
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Raedune - Or the culinary union is looking to help increase the wages/benefits of their workers.

Funny how so many here will praise CEO's for their business savvy and ruthless tactics BUT decide the 'union' (see straw man) just wants to fill its coffers?

Plenty to go around in this world and the rich would have you believe you could be one of them too...if you only work hard and follow their rules :)

Actually, the employees of Station Casinos do not want to be in the culinary union. The union wants into the casino because they want more members and, more importantly, their union dues.
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Raedune - Or the culinary union is looking to help increase the wages/benefits of their workers.

Funny how so many here will praise CEO's for their business savvy and ruthless tactics BUT decide the 'union' (see straw man) just wants to fill its coffers?

Plenty to go around in this world and the rich would have you believe you could be one of them too...if you only work hard and follow their rules :)

Explain to me why the union is going after the UFC? Is it for the reasons that they have stated through their well over a dozen fronts? Or is it that the want to unionize some casino in Vegas? If it is the latter, are you troubled by the deception, particularly as the deception casts MMA in a terrible light, and is forcing the sport underground in NY, among countless other problems.

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

That's politician speak for "Yeah, the Culinary Union owns our ass!".

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I couldn't imagine watching my union dues go to this battle against MMA.

 

It's a joke and it's disgusting.  How can they be allowed to get away with it?

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Raedune - Or the culinary union is looking to help increase the wages/benefits of their workers.

Funny how so many here will praise CEO's for their business savvy and ruthless tactics BUT decide the 'union' (see straw man) just wants to fill its coffers?

Plenty to go around in this world and the rich would have you believe you could be one of them too...if you only work hard and follow their rules :)

Explain to me why the union is going after the UFC? Is it for the reasons that they have stated through their well over a dozen fronts? Or is it that the want to unionize some casino in Vegas? If it is the latter, are you troubled by the deception, particularly as the deception casts MMA in a terrible light, and is forcing the sport underground in NY, among countless other problems.


Nearly 20  Casinos.... Not "Some casino in vegas". Station casino holds 17 or 18 Casino's, 5 of them over 100K square feet,  so as far as unionizing is concerned I am sure it would be a large victory.

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Like many have said before me, if MMA is so bad, why aren't they fighting to get it out of Nevada or any other state where it is legal? If it was real concern you'd think it would be in a state that holds several big events per year.

Or could it be they enjoy the benefits the events bring them and just want to disrupt ZUFFA business like Stations Casino disrupts their business (which seems to be because the employees don't want the Union s services)? Phone Post
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lol @ a politician so easily admitting they've been bought and paid for.

Its like they don't even have to try to hide it anymore.
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Raedune - Or the culinary union is looking to help increase the wages/benefits of their workers.

Funny how so many here will praise CEO's for their business savvy and ruthless tactics BUT decide the 'union' (see straw man) just wants to fill its coffers?

Plenty to go around in this world and the rich would have you believe you could be one of them too...if you only work hard and follow their rules :)

Explain to me why the union is going after the UFC? Is it for the reasons that they have stated through their well over a dozen fronts? Or is it that the want to unionize some casino in Vegas? If it is the latter, are you troubled by the deception, particularly as the deception casts MMA in a terrible light, and is forcing the sport underground in NY, among countless other problems.


Nearly 20  Casinos.... Not "Some casino in vegas". Station casino holds 17 or 18 Casino's, 5 of them over 100K square feet,  so as far as unionizing is concerned I am sure it would be a large victory.

Large win for who? The union? If the workers don't like how theyre being paid then maybe they should move to a unionized casino no? Phone Post 3.0
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The culinary union used to do good. :/


The ftc call was the only move i approve of. The rest is just garbage. Phone Post 3.0
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I'll give it a 4/10 since Kirik complained that "They just want to fill union coffers" then complained about how they spend member dues fighting the UFC in THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE. That's just high level troll tech.
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LOL at "wacky CA legislation."

Yeah, that wacky legislation would have put MMA athletes on par with boxers--so wacky!

Site, yet again, utterly hostile.

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Further, and more despicable, your source for the "wacky" CA legislation is your own inaccurate article--which you know is inaccurate as I've corrected you before. 

That isn't the text of the bill that was presented on the floor at all--but of course, you already knew that too.

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Meohfumado - lol @ a politician so easily admitting they've been bought and paid for.

Its like they don't even have to try to hide it anymore.

Lobbyists have the politicians in their pocket and have for years.  It's no secret and it's perfectly legal.

 

It doesn't matter who you put in as politicians anymore I don't think.  Government is for sale to the highest bidder.

 

 

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Meohfumado - lol @ a politician so easily admitting they've been bought and paid for.

Its like they don't even have to try to hide it anymore.

Boom!
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LOL at "wacky CA legislation."

Yeah, that wacky legislation would have put MMA athletes on par with boxers--so wacky!

Site, yet again, utterly hostile.


I don't know how he screwed that up. Dana clearly used the term "crazy", not "wacky". If you're going to write an article from his viewpoint, at least get the descriptors right damnit
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smoogy - I'll give it a 4/10 since Kirik complained that "They just want to fill union coffers" then complained about how they spend member dues fighting the UFC in THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE. That's just high level troll tech.

A operatiion spending funds in order to secure greater funds somehow is contradictory? It is the very definition of how business works, at the most fundamental level?

Or I missed your point, and if so, I apologise, genuinely.

If that was your point, what is your point?


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