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USGov vs MMA's Fertittas: NV's Biggest Unfair Labor Practice Case
From another forum, basically the lowdown of the Zuffa and their Mafia practices. I say bring these suckers down and give MMA back to the fans.
Originally Posted by Dagwood
This has been going on for a while but I think it is pertinent to how MMA's dominant player's history has been with their Casino employees and the National Labor Relations Board.
As things moves forward with the StrifeForce merger
and the new position major league/top-tier fighters are in as a result
... it would be good to get some perspective on MMA's Fertittas
and their labor-relations history
The case below is ongoing and a decision by the federal government won't be brought down until later this year. The Frank Fertitta III-run
& Fertitta family-owned Station Casinos
is now being prosecuted for 197 charges by the National Labor Relations Board
which is a record for any Nevada owned company. The charges include: illegal
ly using... threats
and physical assault against employees engaged in lawfully protected union activities
This situation is also having a huge impact on MMA being sanctioned in the state of New York
. It seems this is not only coming up to bite the Fertitta's in the butt... but it is affecting all fans, promotions and fighters in New York as well as the national scene.
See the Oct. 2010 & June 2011 Culinary Worker's Union press releases and Las Vegas Hispanic TV station video below...
USGov. vs Fertittas: NV's Biggest Unfair Labor Practice Case
The National Labor Relations Board Complaint vs Station Casinos Contains over 165 Charges, says Culinary Workers Union Local 226
October 26, 2010
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) begins to prosecute its Unfair Labor Practice case against Station Casinos, Inc. in front of Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter. The NLRB’s complaint against the dominant Las Vegas locals casino operator and the third-largest private employer in Las Vegas has grown to include more than 165 charges, the most ever against a Nevada gaming company. TheNLRB alleges that, from February 19 through August 31, the company has illegally used threats, intimidation, interrogation, surveillance, bribery, discouragement, discrimination, discipline and physical assault against employees engaged in lawfully protected union activities. The hearing is expected to last several weeks as Station workers testify in the government’s case against the company.
“We certainly hope Station Casinos will not retaliate against any of the workers who are brave enough to testify against the company during the NLRB hearing”
“People will see clearly now that Station is a very anti-union company that is trying to do everything it can to stop us from having a voice on the job and winning a better life for our families,” said Norma Flores, a food runner at Fiesta Henderson and one of the Station Casinos Organizing Committee members who will testify as a government witness in the hearing.
“We certainly hope Station Casinos will not retaliate against any of the workers who are brave enough to testify against the company during the NLRB hearing,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, President of the Culinary Union Local 226. “It is bad enough that Station is running an aggressive anti-union campaign, which has led to this massive NLRB complaint. It will be adding insult to injury if it punishes workers further for speaking out against allegedly illegal behavior by their supervisors and managers.”
In February 2010, workers from Station Casinos’ ten major properties in the Las Vegas area formed the Station Casinos Organizing Committee to demand that the company allow Station workers to exercise their right to decide whether to unionize.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is the largest local affiliate of UNITE HERE, which represents more than 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries.
The U.S. Government's National Labor Relations Board has issued the largest ever complaint against a Nevada gaming company for violating workers' right to organize. The complaint alleges that, from February 19 through April 7, fifty-four Station managers and supervisors broke federal labor law 127 times.
Dana White admits that the Culinary Workers Union (& the federal government's National Labor Union Relations Board's prosecution of the Fertitta's and their Station Casinos business over now 197 charges of illegal business activities)... is at the core of why MMA is not being sanctioned in the state of New York.
Culinary and Bartenders Unions Announce Fired Station Casinos Workers Lead Large Civil Disobedience
150 Protestors Shut Down Two Lanes of Sahara Avenue Traffic During Rush Hour
June 03, 2011
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fired Latino workers from Station Casinos led members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions in the city’s largest civil disobedience in over a decade to protest the company’s treatment and firing of Latino workers yesterday evening. The large protest came as Station Casinos completes the final stages of its bankruptcy restructuring. Over 1000 people rallied while 150 were arrested after they sat down in two Sahara Avenue traffic lanes in front of Palace Station near Interstate 15 and not far from the Las Vegas Strip.
“I am a mother and I want a better future for my children”
The protest included street theater to draw attention to the company’s treatment of Latino workers, failure to provide wage increases and retirement contributions, and higher costs for worker health plans.
Station Casinos is the subject of the largest Unfair Labor Practice case ever filed against a Nevada gaming company by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Many of the government’s 197 charges against the company affect Latino workers. Eight of the ten worker organizers who have been fired by Station Casinos are Latino; two have since been reinstated. Over 90 percent of the workers who were called by the government to testify against the company are Latino.
The government has charged the company with allegedly using tactics including harassment, threats, retaliatory firings and disciplines, and the solicitation of customer complaints to impede worker efforts to form a union. The government’s seven-month prosecution of the company ended in May and, in a surprise move, Station Casinos called no witnesses in its defense. During the course of the trial, the government’s charges against the company grew from 168 to 197 alleged violations of federal labor laws. A decision in the case is expected later this year.
Teresa Debellonia was one of the workers fired by Station Casinos after she began exercising her right to form a union. After the NLRB charged the company with allegedly retaliating against her because of her union activity and appearance as a government witness in the NLRB’s case against Station Casinos, the company reinstated her with back pay and no loss of seniority. “I am a mother and I want a better future for my children,” said Debellonia, a Guest Room Attendant at Green Valley Ranch Resort Casino. “I’m happy to be back at work, but I want Station Casinos to treat its workers equally and fairly.”
Since the 2007 management-led buyout allowed a small group of company insiders to take $660 million out of the company, workers at Station Casinos have not had a raise, have had the cost of their health insurance increased, have had no employer contribution to their 401k retirement accounts, and have seen the loss of thousands of jobs.
The Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, and Bartenders Union, Local 165, are both affiliates of UNITE HERE. The Culinary is the largest local labor union in the U.S. gaming industry. It represents approximately 60,000 casino and resort workers primarily on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. Visit http://www.culinaryunion226.org and http://www.workerstation.org for more information.
Last edited by monaroCountry; 06-24-2011 at 10:17 PM.