Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

REAP Formed

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

REAP Formed

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REAP formed

With about 300 members in attendance, the founding convention of Research, Education, Advocacy and People (REAP) elected a slate of officers, including Lewie Anderson as president (without opposition), Jim Lyons as secretary/treasurer, and Gary Clever as recording secretary. REAP iS a self-proclaimed rank-and-file "reform movement" formed to challenge and to reform the leadership and policies of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, whose 1.3 million members include, among others, packing house and grocery store employees. REAP was formed to function within the United Food and Commercial Workers, not as a new union. (Anderson had been the union's packing house director before he was fired by the union in January 1989. He still serves as a vice-president of the union.)

The issues prompting the formation of the movement, according to REAP representatives, are the United Food and Commercial Workers alleged policy of accepting labor agreements granting wage, benefit, and work rule concessions to employers (termed "sweetheart deals") and undercutting local unions' bargaining power by discouraging strikes and encouraging the locals to negotiate separately. …

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