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Cops Pepper Spray Polynesian Dancers After High School Football Game

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Overreact much?

Police in the small Utah town of Roosevelt pepper sprayed a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a traditional Haka dance after a high school football game!

The dance group was in town to watch a relative play his final game with the home team, who lost and finished their season without a single win.

The Haka was reportedly performed to boost the morale as the team left the field, but cops were pissed because the dancers were blocking an exit.

When the dancers continued to perform despite orders from two officers to move away from the exit, the cops decided the next course of appropriate action was to punish them all with pepper spray!

This came AFTER spectators, coaches and players told police that everything was fine and the men could continue.

A bystander at the incident

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SoCal Grocery Store Union May Go On Strike Monday!

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Prepare to start bagging your own food at the grocery store next week. Employees of El Lay's favorite grocery store chains have been cleared by union officials to go on strike Monday.

Upset over low wages and corporate unwillingness to contribute more to rising health care costs, the United Food and Commercial Workers union issued a 72-hour notice on Thursday to cancel their contract extension with Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons.

UFCW union leaders said in a statement:

“We’re ready to fight to preserve good jobs. We understand this is a tough economy, but we’re willing to stand up for workers everywhere being taken advantage of by profitable corporations."

Although they've been given permission to strike and the picket signs are made, that doesn't mean the employees will ACTUALLY go on strike. Vons said in a statement:

"The notice does not mean a strike is imminent or that a strike will necessarily occur at any point. The notice simply allows the union the ability to call a strike if they choose to do so. Vons and the other employers intend to remain focused on the negotiation process and urge the unions to do so the same."

We appreciate our friendly neighborhood grocery store employees! Especially the workers that offer to help take our groceries to our car. Even though we never accept, it's always appreciated!

Good luck in the negotiations UFCW 770!

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NBA Players Officially Locked Out

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NBA lockout

It's happening!

Negotiations have failed and NBA owners informed their players they would be locked out beginning Thursday at midnight.

Hopefully the league and the player's union can come to some kind of an agreement over revenue sharing before the lockout eats into the next NBA season.

The last lockout in 1998 shortened the season to 50 games and caused the sport's popularity to significantly decrease!

It's a shame that an organization that has so much money to go around can't figure out what to do with it.

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New York Target Employees Vote Against Unionizing

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Despite efforts by The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), employees at a Valley Streem, NY Target location voted 137-85 against unionizing.

Had the vote passed, the branch would have been the first Target in the U.S. to be unionized.

However, this is not the first time forces in favor of unionizing have organized against the retail giant and doesn't look to be the last. In fact, those in favor of a union to protect employees from low wages, low benefits, and low hours plan to contest the results because of inappropriate anti-union efforts by the Minneapolis-based retailer.

While Target had no comment, UFCW Local 1500 spokesman Patrick Purcell said, "This just round one." He continued to say the union plans to file their objections to the election on Monday and call for a re-election.

Target believes that

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Macy's Employees Ready To Go On Strike

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Uh oh.

Over 4,000 New York City Macy's employees are threatening to go on strike on Thursday if they can't agree on new contract terms.

For the past 5 weeks the retailer's management has been hammering out a new agreement with the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, but as with most negotiations the major battle is over money.

In the new contract, Macy's proposed "a 35-cent hourly wage increase for current workers, and no change to the starting hourly wage of $7.50, which union negotiators have said does not constitute a living wage in New York".

If a deal can't be reached by midnight, employees are more than ready to stop working until they get what they want.

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NFL Players Association Makes Big Move In Contract Negotiations

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NFL Players Association Makes Big Move In Contract Negotiations

Things are getting tense in the NFL right now…

The Players Association filed paperwork to decertify as a union on Friday — which will likely move the labor dispute between the players and league into the courtroom.

The owners had stated before this happened that they would lock the players out if they failed to reach an agreement before Friday at midnight.

If the lockout does indeed happen, the players will sue the league for restraint-of-trade antitrust violations. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees have all agreed to be the lead plaintiffs in the case.

Yikes — we hope they resolve it soon!

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Biggest Loser Crew Gets Support From AFL-CIO And Show Talent

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Biggest Loser Crew Gets Support From AFL-CIO And Show Talent

The Biggest Loser crew just made some powerful allies in their strike against the show — AFL-CIO (America’s Union Movement) and the show’s talent, Jillian Michaels, Alison Sweeney, and Bob Harper.

AFL-CIO has promised to send picketers from the 800,000 unions it represents to the front lines. Jillian, Bob, and Alison have still not crossed the picket line despite having no-strike clauses in their contracts. Even better, the trainers and Alison are auctioning off training sessions and personal lunches on Ebay to help raise money for the strikers.

It’s great to see the show’s talent standing up for the crew!

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