Last Wednesday, Brandworkers members were honored by the preeminent national coalition of food worker organizations, the Food Chain Workers Alliance, for their inspiring campaign victory. Our members from the kosher food processing and distribution company, Flaum Appetizing, were given the Food Workers Justice Award for winning back $577,000 in stolen wages and compelling the employer to accept a binding code of conduct ensuring compliance with all workplace laws.
Fighting Wage Theft and Discrimination at Flaum Appetizing
Focus on the Food Chain, in partnership with Orthodox social justice organization, Uri L'Tzedek, persuaded over 120 grocery store locations in New York City to stop selling Flaum products until workers' rights were respected.
After enduring a withering worker-led campaign, Flaum Appetizing, a prominent producer and distributor of hummus and other kosher food products, has accepted a global settlement which will return $577,000 in unpaid wages and other compensation to workers and subject the Brooklyn-based factory to a binding code of conduct protecting workplace rights. The victory comes after the workers' group, Focus on the Food Chain, in partnership with Orthodox social justice organization, Uri L'Tzedek, persuaded over 120 grocery store locations in New York City to stop selling Flaum products, including its Sonny & Joe's hummus, until workers' rights were respected.
“There's power in coming together with your co-workers and we are well on our way to winning the justice we have been seeking."
Tnuva, the world's largest kosher diary company, will discontinue its relationship with New York food processor and distributor, Flaum Appetizing, after a global campaign led by immigrant workers and their supporters in the Jewish community. Tnuva joins several other food industry leaders who have cut ties with Flaum after a court ruling which found that the company illegally fired seventeen of its Latino employees for demanding to be paid in accordance with state and federal law. Flaum and its owner Moishe Grunhut continue to resist complying with the court order even as they face an additional trial over hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid minimum wage and overtime.
In a bombshell legal brief, Flaum Appetizing's attorney, Jeffery Meyer of the firm Kaufman Dolowich Voluck & Gonzo LLP, is accused of extremely serious ethical violations in connection with an attempt to trick immigrant workers at Flaum into signing away their right to the wages they worked for.
Tnuva, the multinational kosher cheese giant, received an unexpected visit from a delegation of rabbis and community members concerned about the corporation's ethics along its supply chain. Tnuva distributes its cheeses in New York City through the Flaum Appetizing Corp., a business widely-shunned for unlawful labor practices and abuse of immigrant workers from Latin America. The delegation came after Tnuva failed to engage in meaningful dialogue with a group of a dozen prominent rabbis who wrote to the company regarding Flaum and the importance of ethics in the kosher food system.
Rabbis are joining forces to pressure a Brooklyn distributor of kosher products to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars they say is owed to former workers.
Religious leaders will form a delegation with Brandworkers, a Queens nonprofit labor group, to rally Tuesday against Flaum Appetizing Corp., a hummus producer that also distributes the kosher cheese of Tnuva, an international company.
Morton Williams, a well-known chain of twelve supermarkets, has discontinued the sale of Sonny & Joe's hummus over concerns about workers' rights violations at Flaum Appetizing Corp., the Brooklyn-based producer and owner of the Sonny & Joe's brand. Morton Williams joins a critical mass of prominent retailers including Fairway, Zabar's, and Food Emporium that have dropped Sonny & Joe's hummus after immigrant workers began speaking out against pervasive wage theft, abusive management, and denial of benefits at Flaum.
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Many supermarkets in New York City have stopped selling Flaum products because of massive wage theft and illegal firing of immigrant workers. Despite this growing consensus, Morton Williams refuses to show concern for human rights along its supply chain by dropping Flaum's Sonny & Joe's hummus.
The Associated Supermarket in Park Slope has joined a growing number of food retailers that have discontinued the sale of Sonny & Joe's hummus, over workers' rights concerns at Flaum's East Williamsburg food production and distribution facility. Flaum and its owner Moshe Grunhut illegally fired seventeen of their Latino workers en masse after the employees stood up against over a decade of unlawfully withheld overtime pay, denial of benefits, and abusive treatment from management.