Three years ago Robert Joyner reported that one of the major reasons MMA wasn’t getting sanctioned in New York was because of a battle between the Fertitta’s Station Casinos and Nevada’s Culinary Union Local 226, which is a part of the larger national UNITE HERE union. Up until this point, Dana White has been kinda quiet about the union influence, preferring instead to concentrate on trying to get the MMA bills passed. But now it sounds like the gloves are off:
“It has nothing to do with mixed martial arts the reason that we’re not in New York. It has to do with the Culinary Union. The Culinary Union is spending millions of dollars of all these people who pay dues to keep us out of there. Because my partners the Fertitta brothers are the largest non-union gaming company in the country,” White told MMAWeekly.com.
“These union idiots, all these people work in the Culinary Union, paying all their money towards dues, this is what all their money’s being spent towards.”
One of those organizations is possibly in cahoots with both the Culinary Union and New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly in their attempt to keep MMA out of the state.
White stated that the public relations firm that ran Reilly’s privately funded poll in 2009 that showed a majority of New Yorkers didn’t want MMA in their state was actually run by a group that also works for the Culinary Union.
Gramercy Communications was the company that was funded by Reilly to handle the polling. Coincidentally, Gramercy Communications was founded by Tom Nardacci.
Nardacci was the former communications manager for 1199 SEIU. Now the SEIU is one of the most powerful unions in the United States as they represent factions of employees from the health care industry, public services and property services (which include food service workers like those covered in the Culinary Union).
Nardacci’s firm, Gramercy Communication, handled the polling for Reilly’s infamous list that stated only 18% of New Yorkers polled wanted ‘ultimate fighting’ legalized.
Politics. Ain’t they fucking great? Watching the sausage being made here is enough to make you lose all faith in all government. But hey, at least we got Osama, right? Maybe like in that case, it’ll just take ten years before we finally manage to shoot this MMA legalization problem in the face.