The Truth About Culinary 226 website provides information on Culinary Workers Union Local 226 (“Culinary Union”), an affiliate of UNITE HERE, ongoing campaign of harassment against the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and its partners, under the guise of concern about the conduct of some UFC fighters.  However, the Culinary Union’s actual agenda has nothing to do with such conduct.  This website’s purpose is to set the record straight regarding the true motivations of the Culinary Union’s smear campaign. 

Why is the Culinary Union attacking the UFC? 
The Culinary Union represents workers in the hotel, food service and gaming industries.  For more than a decade, the Culinary Union has attempted to unionize the employees of Station Casinos, a gaming and entertainment company in Las Vegas, Nevada that is majority-owned by Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, who are also majority owners of the UFC. 
Founded over three decades ago, Station Casinos prides itself on its treatment of its 12,000 employees.  Station Casinos was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” four years in a row – an honor no other gaming company has ever received.
The Culinary Union has targeted Station Casinos because the company refuses to agree to a “card check” process whereby the Culinary Union may become the representative of its employees without being elected as such through a secret ballot election. Rather than simply following the secret ballot election process that U.S. federal law provides, the Culinary Union’s management has instead waged a dishonest campaign to pressure Station Casinos to capitulate to its demands. As part of that campaign, the Culinary Union has been engaging in harassment tactics that target all of the business interests of the Fertittas, including Station Casinos and the UFC.

What about the Culinary Union’s claims concerning UFC fighter conduct?
With a diverse group of over 400 athletes from 35 different countries, the UFC holds the highest of standards for the conduct of its fighters. The UFC’s Code of Conduct condemns any inappropriate behavior that runs counter to its values and culture, and outlines disciplinary procedures for those who violate its terms. Further, fighters are contractually prohibited from engaging in inappropriate conduct. The UFC regularly hosts fighter summits to tackle issues of conduct and make clear the high expectations of the UFC.
Furthermore, the UFC appointed former UFC Champion Matt Hughes as Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations. In that role, Matt communicates regularly with UFC athletes, providing guidance and information on appropriate conduct of professional athletes, playing a role not unlike those played by respected veterans who transition from their playing careers to directors of player development in other professional sports. 

The UFC Code of Conduct is available for download here.

What is the UFC’s position on social and community issues?
The UFC has a proud tradition of supporting philanthropic programs in the community and strives to have a positive impact across a range of social and community issues. 
The UFC has a proven track record of supporting important social causes including the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada,  Boys and Girls Clubs,  March of Dimes, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Boys Town  among others.  As strong supporters of armed forces, the UFC has raised over $12 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, on which Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta serve as Board Members.  
To learn more about the UFC’s charitable activities in the community, please visit our UFC in the Community website here.
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