Juan Baten Remembrance Coverage

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 1:42pm

Focus on the Food Chain has been hard at work seeking justice in the crushing death of Juan Baten, who was killed just over a year ago in a Brooklyn tortilla factory. We've been working closely with Juan's widow, Rosario, to honor Juan's memory, hold his employer accountable, and to do everything in our power to make sure such a tragedy isn't repeated in New York's food supply chain.

Big Step Forward for Flaum Campaign, As Tnuva Severs Ties

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 12:25pm

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.

Flaum's Attorney Accused of Serious Ethical Violations in Bid to Trick Workers Out of Wages

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 9:28am

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.

In Global Day of Action, Kosher Consumers Join with Workers to Call on Tnuva to Honor its Distribution Workforce

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 7:20pm
Flaum workers and supporters rallied at Tnuva USA's headquarters

Workers and kosher consumers around the world participated in actions today to call on Tnuva, the world's largest kosher cheese company, to honor the human rights of its distribution workers.  The multinational kosher cheese giant distributes its cheese in New York City though the Flaum Appetizing Corp., a business widely shunned for unlawful labor practices and abuse of immigrant workers from Latin America. While a consensus has largely emerged against Flaum's labor practices, Tnuva continues to do business with Flaum.

Tnuva Day of Action Is Now: Lend a Hand Against Immigrant Worker Exploitation!

Thu, 09/22/2011 - 12:50pm

Today is the Global Day of Action to get Tnuva to honor the rights of its distribution workers. Support the actions- please  call Tnuva USA and Apax Partners (the controlling owner of Tnuva).

Yoram Behiri | President & CEO at Tnuva USA | (T) 973.808.1691 | yoram@tnuvausa.com

John Megrue | CEO at Apax Partners US | (T) 212.753.6300 | John.Megrue@apax.com


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Focus campaign wins biggest victory yet at Pur Pac!

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 12:40pm

Workers Win Large Settlement at Supplier to Chinese Restaurants After Hard Fought Campaign

Energetic Worker-Led Campaign Saw Key Customers Drop the Distribution Warehouse Until Workers' Rights Were Respected

Queens, NY – Immigrant workers at Pur Pac, a food distribution warehouse supplying many landmark Chinese restaurants, bakeries, and cafes in Chinatown and around the City, have won a major settlement with the company after prevailing in a bitterly contested workplace justice campaign. The comprehensive settlement will return $470,000 in illegally withheld minimum wage and overtime pay and subjects Pur Pac to a binding code of conduct which includes protection for collective activity and compels compliance with all workplace laws including anti-discrimination and health & safety protections. The workers organized with Focus on the Food Chain, a joint campaign from Brandworkers and the IWW which is challenging sweatshop conditions in a sprawling industrial corridor of food processing and distribution warehouses that service New York City markets and restaurants.

Workers Prevail Against Gorilla Coffee's Anti-Free Speech Lawsuit

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 11:22am

State Supreme Court Justice Wayne P. Saitta has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Gorilla Coffee against a group of its former employees who spoke out regarding management's behavior at the company.  After sustained attempts to improve what they viewed as a hostile work environment at the prominent Brooklyn-based cafe and coffee roaster, the workers caused a stir in the gourmet coffee community and in the news media by resigning their employment as a group and discussing their decision in a letter to the New York Times.

Statement of Brandworkers on the Virtual Exclusion of Undocumented Workers from Federal Labor Law

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 6:55pm

"Today is a sad day for the principle of equal rights under the law and for the economic security of every working family.  The National Labor Relations Board's decision in Mezonos Maven Bakery allows unscrupulous employers to retaliate against undocumented workers and violate federal labor law without any meaningful sanction whatsoever.  Under the NLRB's interpretation, an employer does not have to pay a single cent of backpay for illegally firing an undocumented worker regardless of whether the employer bothered to verify a worker's immigration status during years or even decades of hard work undertaken by that employee.

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