Hypocrisy in Liberal World? Who woulda thunk it?
(FloridaWatchdog.org) Workers and organized labor groups took to protesting fast food companies last week in a multi-state effort to build public support for a $15 an hour minimum wage hike.
But a peek into one group’s own labor contract reveals a delicious irony.
They’ve been protesting for months, backing the destruction of their own jobs.
The Restaurant Opportunities Center United, which claims the support of 13,000 restaurant workers and with at least 11 affiliates across the country, forbids its own workers from protesting against management.
“It is mutually agreed that there shall be no strikes, lock-outs, sit downs, sit ins, slowdowns, sympathy strikes, picketing, stoppage or interruption of work, or direct or indirect interference or interruption of the operations of the Employer during the term of this Agreement,” states a two-year collective-bargaining agreement dated Jan. 4, 2013.
Well, well, well, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. Furthermore, the ROC is affiliated with, at least, the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, linked to the AFL-CIO, which represents employees of 7 area news organizations, so you have collusion in coverage of the protests.
Furthermore, the ROC is a typical hardcore liberal union group. One of the points against it
ROC was sued by its own members for, among other things: expelling members who voiced views that “differed from those of the leadership and staff of ROC-NY,” “engaging in a campaign of intimidation and expulsion of members,” and “intentionally failing to pay plaintiffs a minimum wage”;
ROC Exposed goes on to note
The Restaurant Opportunities Center is a labor union front group disguised as a restaurant industry employment center and watchdog. ROC regularly issues factually flawed reports, files ridiculous lawsuits, and leads protests that harm many of the restaurant employees they claim to represent, all in an effort to attack and harass non-unionized restaurants. ROC’s tactics have been compared to mob-style shakedowns, often employing intimidation and outright extortion in an effort to force restaurants into submission.
And the will not allow any sort of protests against itself. Surprise?