Mickey Kasparian Removed from San Diego Labor Council by AFL-CIO

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in San Diego

In Act of Defiance, Kasparian Forms New Labor Group

Voice of San Diego reports:

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of national labor unions, ordered the removal of leaders of the local San Diego Imperial-Counties Labor Council on Monday [May 8] and put it under a receivership. The move prompted several local unions, including two of the largest, to leave the Labor Council and announce the formation of a new entity, the San Diego Working Families Council.

The dramatic moves follow months of turmoil in the local labor movement following allegations of sexual harassment against Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 and now ousted leader of the Labor Council. …

Jerry Butkiewicz, the former secretary-treasurer of the Labor Council, will help take over as a trustee of the organization. Keith Maddox, a national representative of the AFL-CIO, will serve as deputy.

The San Diego Free Press says that, still:

Protestors are calling for the removal of Mickey Kasparian from the labor movement and Democratic Party.

We Stand with Sandy, Isabel and Anabel

Supporters of Sandy Naranjo, Isabel Vasquez and Anabel Arauz, who have filed discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges against Kasparian, held a demonstration today, Tuesday May 9, at a San Diego Working Families Council Press Conference.


The three women have come forward to file lawsuits against the UFCW and its President Mickey Kasparian. Sandy Naranjo filed a gender discrimination lawsuit after being unjustly fired.

Retired co-worker Isabel Vasquez filed a sexual harassment claim alleging sexual misconduct. And recently fired UFCW organizer Anabel Arauz filed a retaliation/discrimination claim against the union.

The grassroots group We Stand With Sandy, Isabel & Anabel demands the removal of Mickey Kasparian from the San Diego labor movement including this newly formed Working Families Council, UFCW Local 135 and from positions within the local Democratic Party.

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