July 7, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – With the assistance of one very angry bride, it seems a recent Teamster action that targeted a Suburban Buffalo David’s Bridal – one of many such actions taken by the Union across the country, hit a nerve late last week and raised the ire of an off-duty store manager who drove to the scene “dressed for the beach” with two children in tow to personally confront the Unionists who were holding an informational hand-billing event outside the retailer.
David's Bridal is one of the largest bridal shops in the United States and is associated with U.S. Foods Corporation, one of the nation's largest food wholesalers. The Teamsters have been locked in a battle with U.S. Foods since April when a group of about 120 Teamsters-represented Workers at a distribution center in Maryland kicked off an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Strike. Since then, the Union has staged a series of rolling picket lines at various U.S. Foods locations where it represents Workers. As a result, the Teamsters – who say 3,000 Workers have participated in those pickets, has endorsed the public actions at David's Bridal.
Teamsters Local 264 Secretary-Treasurer/Business Agent Darrin Ziemba told WNYLaborToday.com the off-duty store manager at David’s Bridal in Blasdell was telephoned after as many as 10 area Unionists and supporters (including representatives of Teamsters Local 449, Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President John Mudie – who also serves as Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, and representatives from the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health, and the Coalition for Economic Justice) conducted a David Hates Brides informational hand-billing action outside the McKinley Parkway Store in Blasdell late last week (See photo below/Teamsters Local 264 Photos).
The Teamster Rep told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper that the Union had conducted the necessary preparation for the event and not only made the store’s management aware of the upcoming action, but adjacent retail stores and local police that demonstrators would be there. To read more click on the following link