Mickey Kasparian Removed from San Diego Labor Council by AFL-CIO
By San Diego Free Press Staff
Protestors are calling for the removal of Mickey Kasparian from the labor movement and Democratic Party. Supporters of Sandy Naranjo, Isabel Vasquez and Anabel Arauz, who have filed discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges against Kasparian, will hold a demonstration today, Tuesday May 9, 9:30 am to 11 am, at a San Diego Working Families Council Press Conference. Attorney Dan Gilleon and plaintiff Anabel Arauz will be present to answer media questions.
On the heels of his removal from the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council by the AFL-CIO, Mickey Kasparian has pulled United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, and other unions that side with him, out of the Labor Council to form a new labor coalition called the San Diego Working Families Council.
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.