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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, 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 farcial. 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 to complaining that a local gay and lesbian community center is honoring the UFC.

The union often creates a fictitious anti-MMA organization that purports to do good, while their real intention is to unionize a casino chain, where the workers don't want to unionize. Thus this time the complaints are not coming from the United Allied Group of LGBTQQIA Patriots Against Violence and Cat Juggling, but rather from the union itself.

Yesenia Amaro from the Las Vegas Review Journal has the story.

Last spring, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada recognized the UFC as its corporation of the year.

In a letter dated Sept. 16, the Culinary union told the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada’s Board of Directors that it’s “alarmed that the Center is honoring the Ultimate Fighting Championship as the corporation of the year.”

“Not only are the owners of the UFC embroiled in a bitter labor dispute with the Culinary Union over casino properties, Station Casinos, which provides no benefits to domestic partners through their 2013 health plan, but the UFC has a history of tolerating offensive comments by fighters and company representatives, including anti-gay and misogynistic remarks,” the letter says.

Ryan Marquardt, spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, said the UFC donated about $200,000 to the center in early 2012. The award by the center to the UFC was presented in late April or early May of this year.

The center will not reconsider rescinding its recognition of the UFC, he said Monday.

Raymond Wilmer, president of the center’s board of directors, said in a statement that “the partnership between the center and UFC is unlike any other joint effort” they have.

“From the outset of our partnership, the participation by UFC in the life of the center has been about more than just funding,” he said. “They have had an impressive presence at significant events, and they have ensured that this participation has been inclusive and has included the highest level of leadership of UFC. The center, in turn, has committed ourselves to supporting UFC’s long-standing efforts to ensure that their operation is fully supportive of equality and the LGBT community.”

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UFC president Dana White had blunt words for the union, after their latest stunt.

"The bottom line is the culinary union has done nothing for the gay and lesbian community," White told MMAjunkie.com. "They've done nothing, whereas we've done tons of stuff for the community.

"What the culinary union does is they us organizations like this. They use them. They call them and give them bull---- information to try and use them to hurt the UFC or whatever organization they're going after."

"These guys are f---ing scumbags. They do nothing for the gay and lesbian community, and then when they honor us because we've been involved, they try and bash them for honoring us.

"Go away, you f---ing creeps. Just go away. You're not going to win. You're not going to get what you want. You're not going to get Station Casinos, no matter how many scummy things you try to do behind the scenes. We will beat you every f---ing time. Just go away."

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9/24/13 9:44 AM
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lmao @ unions, a pathetic lot.
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Dues well spent...
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Can we just beat the piss out of these annoying fucks already. Fucking childish cry babies Phone Post
9/24/13 4:22 PM
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Unfortunately this union's behavior is typical of the majority of unions. There are still good unions fighting for their workers but public opinion has turned so harshly against unions because of the antics of the high profile unions like this one. Phone Post
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The words:

 

Shitbat

Cockclown

Asspipe

and Fuckdonkey aren't used enough when describing this union, I wish to change that.

9/24/13 5:24 PM
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Case closed.
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Just asinine. The Culinary Union are a bunch of fucking jackasses.

Unionizing Station Casinos probably isn't even their actual agenda here, since they've made it so toxically personal that Station Casinos will do everything in its power to forever lock them out, even if it means paying their workers more than any other Vegas casino so long as they don't unionize.

The Culinary Union's agenda here is they're sending a message to any other business who dare not comply, and the leaderships is manipulating their own members on this false pretense. Their message is basically "if you don't comply with our demands, see all the shit we've put Station through and decide if you want to go through that too."

9/24/13 8:26 PM
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this is a story in the same way that assassin's creed sponsoring ufc 165 is a story. anytime the culinary union gets the slightest hint of press there's going to be a UG "News" story with a list of all the "crazy" and unreasonable things the union has done against the innocent ufc.

if you remember a couple months ago there was some complete non-story about someone from the culinary union talking to some rinky dink french sports organization and UG News made the same kind of post with the same bullet point list of all the culinary union's evil acts wasting their members dues.

feel sorry for the suckers that actually pay money to post on this site and still aren't treated with enough respect not to be force-fed UFC propaganda and advertisements in the guise of news stories. but i guess your $20 or whatever pales in comparison to the checks the ufc sends to the ug owners.
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BoxingIsDead - So Zuffa throws 200k at an organization and now they are being honored? Not really a story here. It wasn't too long ago that Dana White was spewing anti-gay slurs like they were going out of style.


I don't agree with everything Dana's ever said, but I'm pretty sure he's only publicly used a homophobic slur once, and that was over 4 years ago. If you have additional examples, please share them.

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big_roy_fan - these shitbat cockclowns need to have a fuckdonkey cockclown rammed down their asspipes

Well said, I think.

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The UFC should be glad they're getting that spin on it. Any company getting awards from fags is definitely doing something wrong. lol
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I would like to know which properties Station Casino`s operates with a union workforce. 

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I really enjoyed it when Rousey shot down any hopes of Cardouche's attempt of makign the UFC a gay/feminist-oriented sport when she arm bared the fuck out of her.
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WOW...I can think of 50 better organizations to give money to wtf.
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WEC, President

Guys:

All I can say is that I was very involved in this and worked with "The Center" here in Las Vegas.  You couldnt meet a greater bunch of people and I mean that. They are doing a lot of good in our community and we wanted to help...its that smple.

I know a lot of you will probably bash me and thats your right.

From my perspective, it was one of the better things Ive worked on for UFC.

Reed

 

 

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Wow Reed! Well said. This is why I'll happily spend a few bucks a month supporting you guys and all you do for the sport and the community. VTFU!
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U dumb twats.

No one even knew the UFC was honoured back in april until the Union made a big deal about it.

UFC wasnt looking for publicity. 

Dumb twats

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Theres a website of them complaining about Dana's swearing?? Is it as hilarious as I think it would be?? Phone Post 3.0
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SlickPacific - WOW...I can think of 50 better organizations to give money to wtf.

perhaps but they are not has "loud and proud"

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SlickPacific - WOW...I can think of 50 better organizations to give money to wtf.

perhaps but they are not has "loud and proud"


This. Dana has been shaking in his boots ever since Glaad bitch slapped him. I seriously hope they gave much more to foundations for people with terminal illnesses and not the kind that comes with the territory of a "backwards" sexual preference.
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BoxingIsDead - So Zuffa throws 200k at an organization and now they are being honored? Not really a story here. It wasn't too long ago that Dana White was spewing anti-gay slurs like they were going out of style.


Ah the good old days. I remember them like they were yesterday, that was back when my respect level for Dana was at an all time high. Now he just cowers to any PC org that wants to tell him how or what to think, feel, and believe.

Oh well, as long as their making money, I guess principles and character don't matter, at least not publicly.
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SlickPacific - WOW...I can think of 50 better organizations to give money to wtf.

perhaps but they are not has "loud and proud"


This. Dana has been shaking in his boots ever since Glaad bitch slapped him. I seriously hope they gave much more to foundations for people with terminal illnesses and not the kind that comes with the territory of a "backwards" sexual preference.

I would think a group like St. Jude children's research hospital or some other group that is trying to do things (like finding cures and treatments for childhood cancer) that would benefit society instead of bring it down could do many more worth while things with that money.

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